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Rivers

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Rivers

In this section, the answer is always the name of a river. For questions where the river's named in the question and the answer is something else, see Places.

Carries most water Click to show or hide the answer
Old British word for a river, and a name common to rivers in Bristol, Warwickshire, Hampshire and Devon; Clifton Suspension Bridge spans the first (Wikipedia lists 17 rivers around the world whose names include this word – including two in Scotland and one in Wales) Click to show or hide the answer
Name, derived from the Celtic word for water, shared by two rivers (often confused with each other) in south–west England: one rises near Beaminster, Dorset, and flows into Lyme Bay near Seaton, Devon; the other rises at Wookey Hole in the Mendips, runs through the village of Wookey, and flows into the Bristol Channel. The town of Axminster is on the former Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in Tibet, where it's known as the Tsangpo, and joins the Ganges at its delta in Bangladesh Click to show or hide the answer
Flows between Huddersfield and Halifax, and past Wakefield Click to show or hide the answer
Longest river entirely in North Carolina – takes its name from the coastal feature near which it flows into the Atlantic Click to show or hide the answer
Volga flows into the Click to show or hide the answer
Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth and QE2 were built on the Click to show or hide the answer
Spanned by the Erskine Bridge
Runs through the Grand Canyon, and over the Hoover Dam Click to show or hide the answer
Second longest river in Africa (known from 1971 to 1997 as the Zaire) Click to show or hide the answer
Tributary of the Weaver: forms parts of Cheshire's boundaries with both Derbyshire and Staffordshire, and flows through Three Shire Heads Click to show or hide the answer
The Iron Gate is a gorge (forming the border between Serbia and Romania) on the Click to show or hide the answer
Second longest river in Europe
Rises in the Black Forest (Germany) and flows into the Black Sea (Romania)
Gives its name to the royal estate that includes Balmoral Castle Click to show or hide the answer
Name shared by four English rivers: Click to show or hide the answer
1. Rises a few miles from the East Coast, but flows west to join the Yorkshire Ouse
2. Rises at Sprinkling Tarn, underneath Great End of Scafell Pike; flows through Bassenthwaite Lake (as well as the lake that shares its name), and into the sea at Workington; the Greta and the Cocker are tributaries
3. Gives its name to one of the UK's largest reservoirs, and flows into the Tyne near the Metro Centre
4. One of the cradles of the Industrial Revolution: rises on Bleaklow, flows through Ladybower Reservoir, Matlock and Derby, and gives its name to the place where it joins the Trent at the same place as the Trent & Mersey Canal
Drains Lake St. Clair and feeds Lake Erie Click to show or hide the answer
Rises near Smolensk; flows 1,400 miles southwards through Belarus and Ukraine, and flows into the Black Sea near Odessa Click to show or hide the answer
Joined in Sheffield by the Loxley, Rivelin and Sheaf, and the Porter Brook Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in the Massif Central; joins the Garonne to form the Gironde Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in Spain, enters the sea in Portugal; forms the border for about 100 km Click to show or hide the answer
Spain's most voluminous river: flows into the Mediterranean via a delta at the southernmost extremity of Catalonia; the last major Republican offensive of the Spanish Civil war was fought along it and named after it Click to show or hide the answer
Name shared by rivers in Cumbria (flowing through Appleby–in–Westmoreland and Carlisle, then into the Solway Firth), Kent (a tributary of the Medway) and Fife (forming an estuary just north of St. Andrews) Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in the Czech Republic, and flows through Germany to the North Sea Click to show or hide the answer
River on which the Western Allies met with Soviet forces, in April 1945; gave its name to the anniversary of this event; formed much of the border between East and West Germany
Line said to divide upland and lowland Britain: links the mouths of the Click to show or hide the answer
Joins the (Yorkshire) Ouse at York Click to show or hide the answer
Sacred river of the Hindus; rises at the foot of the Gangotri Glacier; flows into the Bay of Bengal in the world's biggest delta, also known as the Sundarban Click to show or hide the answer
Navigable estuary formed by the confluence of the Dordogne and Garonne, in the north of Bordeaux (i.e. downstream from the city centre) – gives its name to the département Click to show or hide the answer
"The only great navigable river in Spain" (Wikipedia); flows through Cordoba and Seville; name derived from the Arabic for "great valley" Click to show or hide the answer
Separates Manhattan from The Bronx (which is on the mainland) Click to show or hide the answer
Separates the US states of New York and New Jersey, at the point where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean Click to show or hide the answer
Estuary of the Yorkshire Ouse (after the Trent joins it) Click to show or hide the answer
Principal river of Burma (Myanmar) Click to show or hide the answer
Gave its Persian name to a country, a people, and their religion and languages Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in Tibet, and flows south–west for about 1,800 miles, through India and Pakistan and into the Arabian Sea
In Oxford, the Thames is known as the Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in Syria (on Mount Hermon, in the Golan Heights); passes through Lake Tiberias (a.k.a. the Sea of Galilee), flows into the Dead Sea Click to show or hide the answer
Drains Lake Utah, flows into the Great Salt Lake at Salt Lake City Click to show or hide the answer
Largest tributary of the Ganges Click to show or hide the answer
Formed by the confluence of the Marico and Crocodile rivers; forms the entire South Africa/Zimbabwe border; flows to the sea through Mozambique Click to show or hide the answer
French river, famous for the chateaux in the middle and lower reaches of its valley Click to show or hide the answer
Drains the Great Slave Lake and feeds the Beaufort Sea Click to show or hide the answer
Parts company with the Rhine at Wiesbaden Click to show or hide the answer
Tributary of the Seine – gave its name to a decisive battle of September 1914 Click to show or hide the answer
Almost bisects the Isle of Wight Click to show or hide the answer
Joins the Thames at Sheerness; gives its name to the unitary authority that includes Rochester, Gillingham and Chatham Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in Tibet (China), flowing through Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and finally Vietnam, where it joins the South China Sea; its delta featured prominently in the Vietnam War Click to show or hide the answer
Formed in Stockport, Greater Manchester (formerly in Cheshire) at the confluence of the Tame, Goyt and Etherow; forms the westernmost part (70 miles) of the border between the historic counties of Lancashire and Cheshire Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in France, giving its name to a partement; flows through Belgium and Holland; important line of battle in both world wars Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in Lake Itasca, Minnesota Click to show or hide the answer
Longest tributary of the Mississippi Click to show or hide the answer
Joins the Rhine at Koblenz Click to show or hide the answer
Forms all but 100 miles of the border between New South Wales and Victoria; then enters South Australia, flowing into the sea at Encouter Bay Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in the Czech Republic; forms 198 km (123 m) of the border between Germany and Poland, before flowing into the Oder Click to show or hide the answer
Drains Lake Ladoga (Europe's largest lake); flows through St. Petersburg and into the Gulf of Finland; only 46 miles (74km) long, but carries more water than any other European river except the Volga and the Danube Click to show or hide the answer
Flows out of Lake Erie, northwards and into Lake Ontario Click to show or hide the answer
The principal river of western Africa: rises in the Guinea Highlands, flows in a crescent through Mali (passing near Timbuktu), and into the Gulf of Guinea Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in the Czech Republic, forms 187 km (116 m) of the border between Poland and Germany; flows into the Baltic via Poland Click to show or hide the answer
Biggest tributary, by volume, of the Mississippi: formed in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania by the confluence of the Allegheny and the Monongahela Click to show or hide the answer
Terminates in the world's largest inland delta, in an endorheic basin in the Kalahari Desert (Botswana) Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in South Africa, forms part of its border with Namibia Click to show or hide the answer
Forms about 270km (170 m) of the border between Colombia and Venezuela, in its middle reaches, before entering the sea via Venezuela; its mouth was discovered by Columbus 1498 – its source not until 1951; gave its name to a Womble and to Enya's biggest hit (UK No. 1, 1988) Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in Lebanon, flows through Syria and flows into the Mediterranean in Turkey; mainly unnavigable, but its valley provides a convenient north–south route Click to show or hide the answer
Flows Eastwards through southern Belarus; joins the Dneiper 50 miles north of Kiev; marshes named after it were of strategic importance in both world wars Click to show or hide the answer
River in Brittany – gave its name to the world's first tidal power station (opened 1966), sited on its estuary Click to show or hide the answer
Forms a major part of the border between Texas and Oklahoma – gave its name to a 1948 Howard Hawks film Click to show or hide the answer
English name for the river that rises in China and flows through Vietnam, known as the Sông Hồng in Vietnam and the Yuôn Jiāng (Yuan River) in Chinese; Hanoi is on its right bank Click to show or hide the answer
The only river that rises in the Alps and flows into the North Sea; flows through Lake Constance Click to show or hide the answer
Flows through Lake Geneva, then through France and into the Mediterranean; the Camargue is the area between the two arms of its delta Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in Yorkshire; estuary separates Southport and Lytham (on the Lancashire coast); the Hodder, Calder, Derwent and Douglas are its major tributaries Click to show or hide the answer

 River that forms the major part of the US/Mexico border Spanish (Mexican) name Click to show or hide the answer
English (US) name Click to show or hide the answer

Estuary formed by the Uruguay River and the Paraná River; separates Uruguay (left bank) from Argentina (right bank); Montevideo is on its left bank, and Buenos Aires on its right bank Click to show or hide the answer
Joins the Rhine at Duisburg – Europe's largest inland port Click to show or hide the answer
Flows into the Rhone at Lyon Click to show or hide the answer
The first iron bridge, built by Abraham Darby III in 1779, spans the Click to show or hide the answer
Formed by the confluence of the Tigris and the Euphrates Click to show or hide the answer
Tributary of the Potomac, flowing into the latter at Harpers Ferry – site of John Brown's famous raid on the armoury there in October 1859 (during the American Civil War) Click to show or hide the answer
Drains Lake Huron and feeds the lake of the same name (which is drained by the Detroit River) Click to show or hide the answer
River and gulf named by Jacques Cartier after the day in 1534 on which he discovered them; the river drains the Great Lakes Click to show or hide the answer
Rises near St. Quentin, flows into the English Channel; forms part of the same syncline as the Solent; made famous by the battle that was fought along a 12–mile stretch of it from July to November 1916 (in World War I) Click to show or hide the answer
Forms the border between Devon and Cornwall, for most of its (the river's) 60 miles; the Hamoaze, which flows into Plymouth Sound from the north-west, is its estuary; the GWR is carried over it by Brunel's famous Royal Albert Bridge Click to show or hide the answer
Rises on Ben Lui, on the Perthshire/Argyll border; known locally as the Fillan Click to show or hide the answer
Caldron Snout (England's highest waterfall above sea level); High Force, Low Force Click to show or hide the answer
Rises at Seven Springs, in the Cotswolds, Gloucestershire Click to show or hide the answer
Mesopotamia is between Click to show or hide the answer
Flows through Bideford, joins the Taw Estuary at Appledore; home to Tarka the Otter in Henry Williamson's novel Click to show or hide the answer
Rises in Northamptonshire; flows round (not really through) the town of Towcester; joins the Great Ouse near Milton Keynes Click to show or hide the answer
Rises on Biddulph Moor, Staffordshire; joins the Yorkshire Ouse to form the Humber Click to show or hide the answer
The third longest river in the UK (after the Severn and the Thames), and the second longest that's entirely within England
Forms the border between England and Scotland, for its last 17 miles (before flowing into the North Sea) Click to show or hide the answer
Drains Kielder Reservoir; crossed by the Millennium Bridge, which famously tilts to allow river traffic through – links Newcastle and Gateshead Click to show or hide the answer
River in Wensleydale Click to show or hide the answer
Rises on the northern slopes of the Black Mountain, in the Brecon Beacons National Park; flows through Newport (Monmouthshire), joining the Severn Estuary soon afterwards Click to show or hide the answer
Longest river in the Czech Republic: known as the Moldau in German, it joins the Elbe at Melnik; it carries more water than the Elbe, but is considered a tributary because it joins at a right angle. Celebrated in a famous set of six symphonic poems by Smetana Click to show or hide the answer
Forms much of the border between Norfolk and Suffolk; joins the Yare near Great Yarmouth to form Breydon Water Click to show or hide the answer
Linked to the Trent and Mersey Canal by the Anderton Boat Lift Click to show or hide the answer
Flows through Norwich, and merges with the Yare on its outskirts Click to show or hide the answer
Dammed to form Lake Serpentine Click to show or hide the answer
Flows through a great swamp (in the Sudan) called the Sudd Click to show or hide the answer
Flows over 500 miles through central Brazil, meets the Amazon 250 miles from the sea Click to show or hide the answer
About 3 miles east of Norwich, the Wensum flows into; the Bure and Waveney are also tributaries of the Click to show or hide the answer
English name for the Huang Ho river – China's 2nd longest, and the world's 6th longest Click to show or hide the answer
Major river of Alaska, rising in Lake Tagish; important transportation route during the Klondike gold rush Click to show or hide the answer
Has its headwaters in Angola and Zambia; forms the entire Zambia/Zimbabwe border, before flowing into the Indian Ocean via Mozambique; flows over Victoria Falls and the Kariba Dam; Lake Kariba is a man–made lake on it Click to show or hide the answer

Places

Murchison River Click to show or hide the answer
Nelson, Churchill, Peace, MacKenzie: rivers in Click to show or hide the answer
The River Jordan flows into the Click to show or hide the answer
The River Seine flows into the Click to show or hide the answer
The Rio Grande and the Mississippi flow into the Click to show or hide the answer
The Blue Nile and the White Nile meet at Click to show or hide the answer
The Glomma (621 km / 386 miles) is the longest river in Click to show or hide the answer
The river Menderes, known in ancient times as the Maeander (or Meander), is in Click to show or hide the answer
The Rhine rises in Click to show or hide the answer

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