Our fascination for adjectives ending with the suffix 'est' is far underrated. Our eagerness to find out about some fascinating attributes of the nature, such as the tallest mountain (Mt. Everest), fastest animal (Peregrine Falcon), deepest part of the ocean (Mariana Trench), and so on speaks volumes about our quest for knowledge.
We get to see a great deal of diversity in context of rivers as well. The Nile, for instance, is the longest river in the world, with a length of 4,132 miles. River Amazon, on the other hand, is the largest in the world, with a drainage area of 4,296,781.79 sq miles and an average discharge of 219,000 cubic meters per second.
That was length and discharge, but what about the depth? Is any river out there known for its depth?
Congo River: The Deepest River in the World
Going by the list of rivers of the world in terms of average discharge, the Congo River ranks 2nd, with an average discharge of 41,800 cubic meters per second. The amazing feat that this river pulls off with ease can be attributed to its great depth.
Origin and Flow of R. Congo
The Congo River, also known as the Zaire River, derives its name from the fact that it flows through the Congo rainforest of Africa. It originates in the highlands and mountains of the East African Rift and flows for a distance of 2,920 miles before emptying itself into the Atlantic Ocean on the western coast of Africa.
In its course, this river flows through nine African nations; namely Zambia, Angola, Rwanda, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Tanzania. Throughout its course, the river supports a great deal of biodiversity in the Congo rainforest as well as the grasslands of Africa.