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Most Populous River Basins

Name the rivers of the world that have the most people living in their drainage basin.
  • Includes the area drained by the river and all its tributaries as it flows to the sea
  • Figures are approximate
  • Quiz by Quizmaster - Nov 05, 2014
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level ∞
Nov 4, 2014
This quiz might need a couple of revisions before it is finished. There is no single source with good data for this, so I did some original research that involved a certain amount of guessing. Please let me know if there are any glaring omissions or mistakes.
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level 64
Jan 9, 2017
Good quiz. I am struggling to believe though, that the Nile has a river basin population of 360 million. It just doesn't add up for me.
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level 67
Jan 11, 2017
Egypt, Sudan, south Sudan, Uganda, part of Ethiopia, DRC, ... Easily 360
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level 77
Nov 4, 2014
Typing "Rio de la Plata" fills in the clue for Yangtze, but does not work for Parana/RDLP. Also, Euphrates doesn't work for Tigris/Euphrates.
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Nov 5, 2014
Fixed
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level 66
Dec 18, 2014
I may or may not have remembered that the East River is not actually a river. (Stupidity aside, this was a really creative quiz)
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level 54
Dec 20, 2014
Even if it were a river, the city of New York plus the Hudson River basin don't even come close to 50 million put together.
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level 68
Dec 18, 2014
Sweet quiz idea
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level 41
Dec 18, 2014
you should accept Donau as Danube, because it´s know like that in many countries
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level 41
Dec 18, 2014
Yes but this is an English quiz... Then they'd have to accept Chang Jiang, Rhein, Ganga, Huang He, etc... Let's just keep it English and move on!
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level 55
Apr 17, 2015
Actually, Huanghe is a common name for the Yellow even in English, so that would be a good idea.
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level 55
Feb 6, 2016
Come back around to say also Heilongjiang for Amur
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level 59
Jan 9, 2017
What's wrong with accepting the local names (if there is clearly a single language dominant in the surrounding area)?
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level 45
Jan 9, 2017
What's wrong is this constant and ridiculous anglophone domination. I'm so glad the next generation will be learning Chinese instead.
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level 51
Jan 9, 2017
Perhaps the worst offender is the Yangzi "Yangtze" river. I always type in Yangzi, as I learned that river's name in China with the pinyin spelling. Therefore I always type Yangzi first out of instinct. I think Yangzi should at least be accepted as a ltype in, (no quiz calls Laozi "Lao Tze" or Sichuan "Szechuan", for example). Definitely support the addition of local names, even if 90% taking these quizzes are Americans.
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level 72
Jan 10, 2017
Easy there, Lumi. I don't think English is going anywhere...
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level 55
Apr 30, 2017
Yangzi ought to be accepted indeed, along with above suggestions
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level 66
Dec 18, 2014
Love this quiz idea!
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level 41
Dec 20, 2014
don't really understand this. how can Amazon not be in the list?
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Dec 20, 2014
Name a major city in the Amazon basin. There aren't many.
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level 38
Feb 23, 2016
I can only think of Manaus
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level 30
Mar 25, 2015
Interesting and well done!
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level 8
Apr 7, 2015
Very well, Congratulations, I like this quiz !
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level 55
Apr 17, 2015
Hmm... Irrawaddy and Dnieper didn't make the cut?
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Oct 5, 2016
Good suggestions but I think both just barely miss the cut.
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level 69
Jan 3, 2017
I tried Irrawaddy too, I think it just misses the cut because a huge part of Burmese population lives near it.
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level 53
Feb 7, 2016
What about the Rio Grande?
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Oct 5, 2016
I'd say probably around 10-20 million.
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level 69
Jan 3, 2017
Edogawa didn't make the cut? It goes well into Kantō and the population right there is massive.
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level 60
Jan 7, 2017
May you accept Zaire for Congo? That's what the river was formerly known, just like the country.
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level 48
Jan 9, 2017
I think you've answered your own question there by using "formerly".
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level 60
Jan 9, 2017
Actually, the term is still valid, just not the most popular anymore.
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level 71
Jan 9, 2017
Related quiz: River Deltas on the Map http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/154362/river-deltas-on-the-map
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level 55
Jan 9, 2017
Interesting quiz.
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level 47
Jan 9, 2017
Very fun. Could you do this with mountain ranges or coastlines as well?
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level 51
Jan 9, 2017
Would love to see versions for mountain ranges, lakes, seas, bays and peninsulas, to name a few.
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level 45
Jan 9, 2017
This was fun! Krishna and Godavari were new to me, would not have guessed so many people live along the Amur and I'm so embarrassed I couldn't remember Rio de la Plata... Tried Dniepr and Elbe as well, to no avail.
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level 23
Jan 19, 2017
I only forgot Amur,Rhine & st lawrance
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level 57
Jan 24, 2017
11/19 is really something for someone who is really bad at rivers. Didn't expect that to be above average (9).
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level 45
Sep 17, 2017
Please accept Eufrat for Euphrates and Donau for Danube.
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