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World Port Source provides interactive satellite images, maps and contact information for 5,747 ports in 196countriesaround the world. Quickly find any port using ourregional mapof the world. Or, if youre looking for a bit of fun, see if you can guesstodays Port of Call.

Navigable Rivers & Inland Waterway Systems

World Port Source has added information about the worlds waterways and the ports that line their banks and shores. Today we begin our new section with the top seven river systems in the world.

The Mississippi River is the largest river system in North America, extending about 2,320 miles (3,730 km). The river is navigable fromMinneapolis, near its headwaters in Minnesota, toNew Orleansand the Gulf of Mexico.

The river system extends west toTulsa, Oklahoma on a branch of the Arkansas River, and east toPittsburgh, Pennsylvania on the Ohio River.

The Mississippi River System is connected to theMobile Bay River Systemvia theTennessee-Tombigbee WaterwayatYellow Creek State Inland Portin Iuka, Mississippi.

Near its northern limits, the Mississippi River System connects toLake Michiganby way of the Illinois and Chicago Rivers.

With their rich natural resources of iron ore, coal, grain and timber, each of the Great Lakes ErieHuronMichiganOntarioandSuperior is a major waterway in its own right.

The Saint Lawrence Seaway opened in 1959 with the completion of theWelland Canalto bypass Niagara Falls and seven new locks on the St. Lawrence River. This work transformed the Great Lakes into an ocean accessible waterway where salties can now reach the freshwaterPort of Duluthin Minnesota.

The Yangtze is the longest river in Asia, 3,988 miles (6.418 km) from glaciers on the Tibetan Plateau to thePort of Shanghaion theEast China Sea.

FromYibin, Sichuan Province, in the east, the Yangtze travels across the middle of China where it is joined by the Han, Xiang and Gan Rivers.

TheYangtze River Deltaregion has one of the highest density of ports in the world and generates as much as 20% of Chinas GDP.

TheGrand Canal of Chinalinks the Yangtze to the Yellow River.

The Rhine and Danube River Systems have provided water transportation since the Roman Empire. Flowing north, the Rhine runs from the eastern Swiss Alps to the North Sea. From its origins in the Black Forest region of Germany, the Danube flows southeast to the Black Sea.

The Rhine River System allows modern waterborne transportation in Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands and Switzerland. The Danube River provides ship and barge transportation to Austria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and the Slovak Republic.

TheRhine-Main-Danube Canalconnects the Danube atPort of Kelheimto the Main River, a tributary of the Rhine, atPort of Bamberg.

The Volga River System is Russias primary river and canal network, covering much of the western part of the country.

In the north, theVolga-Baltic Waterwayconnects the Volga toPort of St. Petersburgon the Gulf of Finland and the Baltic Sea.

The Volga River discharges into theCaspian Sea, the largest lake on earth. The Volga-Don Canal provides an alternative exit on the Don River to theBlack Sea Region.

This important connection between the Volga River and Black Sea allows ship traffic fromBaku, Azerbaijan, and other ports on the landlocked Caspian Sea to reach the Mediterranean Sea and beyond.

While theAmazonis the most famous South American river system, the Rio de la Plata River System is more developed and supports a much larger population, includingBuenos Aires, Argentina.

The Uruguay River defines the eastern border of Uruguay and is navigable as far north asPort of Salto.

The Parana River travels north through the ports ofSan NicolasandSanta Fein Argentina before becoming the southern and western boarder boundary with Paraguay.

The Paraguay River extends the reach of this river system through the center of Paraguay and to Brazil. Bolivias only port,Puerto Aguirre, is the last stop on this important waterway.