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What is the length of the Nile river?

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The Nile river is close to 4,300 miles long, reaching a maximum width of 2 miles. It is generally accepted as the longest river in the world. The Nile river flows through Northeastern Africa and the countries of Kenya, Eritrea, Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia.

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One of the Nile's main tributaries is the White Nile, which is regarded as the source of the Nile river, at an elevation close to 9,000 feet above sea level. The Nile river travels through Egypt before reaching an expansive delta and emptying into the Mediterranean Sea. About half of Egypt's population lives within the Nile Delta region.

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