Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Amazon river now longer than Nile

Just to throw a monkey wrench into the old argument, new research (here reported by the BBC) tells us that the Amazon really is longer than the Nile. This issue was the cause of any number of arguments when I was a kid, and I'm sure there'll be any number of people going "I told you so!" when they read this.

Wikipedia, however, still says that the Nile is "generally regarded as the longest river in the world", basing this claim on Encarta's article about rivers. This statement was challenged on the talk page (quite sensibly) in October of 2006, but not (as of yet) removed. Perhaps it will be now.