World's Major Water Bodies

Earth is the only planet known to host life. One of the biggest factors supporting life on this planet is water. Earth is indeed a watery place. About 71% of the surface of Earth is covered by water with oceans accounting for 96.5% of this area. The remaining water on the planet can be found in the form of rivers, lakes, other smaller water bodies, underground aquifers, ice caps and glaciers, atmospheric water vapor, and water within living organisms. 

Below is a list of the world's major water bodies including oceans, gulfs, bays, seas, rivers, and lakes. Together, these water bodies play an important role in maintaining life on Earth. The water bodies have been listed alphabetically:

  • A

    • Adige River
    • Adriatic Sea
    • Aegean Sea
    • Afafura Sea
    • Albaek Bay
    • Akagera River
    • Alazani River
    • Alboran Sea
    • Aliakmon River
    • Allegheny River
    • Altamaha River
    • Amazon River
    • Amu Darya River
    • Amur River
    • Amvraki Gulf
    • Andaman Sea
    • Aniva Bay
    • Arabatskiy Bay
    • Arabian Sea
    • Arafura Sea
    • Aral Sea
    • Aras River (Armenia)
    • Aras River (Azerbaijan)
    • Arctic Ocean
    • Argolic Gulf
    • Arhus Bay
    • Arkansas River
    • Arno River
    • Atchafalaya Bay
    • Atlantic Ocean

    B

    C

    • Caemarfon Bay
    • Caledon River
    • Canadian River
    • Canal Du Midi
    • Cape of Good Hope
    • Caqueta River
    • Cardigan Bay
    • Caribbean Sea
    • Carmarthen Bay
    • Caspian Sea
    • Cavalla River
    • Cedar Lake
    • Cedar River
    • Cellebes Sea
    • Celtic Sea
    • Ceram Sea
    • Cestos River
    • Chang River (Yangtze)
    • Chari River
    • Chattahoochee River
    • Chesapeake Bay
    • Chukchi Sea
    • Churchill River
    • Clyde River
    • Coeroeni River
    • Colorado River
    • Connecticut River
    • Connecticut River (Mass.)
    • Connecticut River (NH)
    • Connecticut River (VT)
    • Cook Strait
    • Corantijn River
    • Colombia River
    • Congo River
    • Congo River (Congo)
    • Congo River (Source)
    • Connecticut River
    • Coral Sea
    • Corinth Canal
    • Corinthian Gulf
    • Crater Lake
    • Crna River
    • Cuango River
    • Cubango River
    • Cumberland River

    D

    • Dall River
    • Danube River (overall)
    • Danube River (Austria)
    • Danube River (Bulgaria)
    • Danube River (Croatia)
    • Danube River (Germany)
    • Danube River (Hungary)
    • Danube River (Mouths)
    • Danube River (Romania)
    • Danube River (Serbia)
    • Darling River
    • Dead Sea
    • Debet River
    • Dee River
    • Delaware Bay
    • Delaware Canal
    • Delaware River (Delaware)
    • Delaware River (New Jersey)
    • Denmark Strait
    • Des Moines River
    • Dja River
    • Dnieper River
    • Dnieper River (Belarus)
    • Dnipro River
    • Dnistra River
    • Dordogne River
    • Douglas Bay
    • Douro River (Portugal)
    • Douro River (Spain)
    • Don River
    • Doubs River
    • Drake Passage
    • Drava River (Crotia)
    • Drava River (Hungary)
    • Drava River (Slovenia)
    • Drin River
    • Dvina Bay
    • Dvina River
    • Dvinar River

    E

    • East Sea
    • East Siberian Sea
    • Ebro River
    • Elbe River
    • Emajogi River
    • Ems River
    • English Channel
    • Ertis River
    • Essequibo River
    • Euphrates River (details)
    • Euphrates River (Iraq)
    • Euphrates River (Syria)
    • Euphrates River (Turkey)
    • Evoikos Gulf
    • Evros River

    F

    • Fakse Bay
    • Faleme River
    • Feodosiyskiy Bay
    • Finger Lakes
    • Firth of Clyde
    • Fish River
    • Flores Sea
    • Fraser River

    G

    • Gambia River
    • Ganges River (Bangladesh)
    • Ganges River (India)
    • Ganges River (Mouths)
    • Garonne River
    • Gauja River
    • Gila River
    • Glama River
    • Grand Lake of the Cherokees
    • Green River
    • Greenland Sea
    • Great Australian Bight
    • Great Bear Lake
    • Great Belt
    • Great Etter Lake
    • Great Lakes
    • Great Slave Lake
    • Guadalquivir River
    • Guadalupe River
    • Guadiana River (Portugal)
    • Guadiana River (Spain)
    • Guapore River
    • Gulf of Aden
    • Gulf of Alaska
    • Gulf of Aqaba
    • Gulf of Argolis
    • Gulf of Bahrain
    • Gulf of Bothnia
    • Gulf of California
    • Gulf of Carpentaria
    • Gulf of Cadiz
    • Gulf of Corinth
    • Gulf of Finland
    • Gulf of Fonseca
    • Gulf of Gabes
    • Gulf of Genoa
    • Gulf of Guayaquil
    • Gulf of Guinea
    • Gulf of Honduras
    • Gulf of Laconia
    • Gulf of Lion
    • Gulf of Maine
    • Gulf of Manfredonia
    • Gulf of Mannar
    • Gulf of Messinia
    • Gulf of Mexico
    • Gulf of Mosquitos
    • Gulf of Ob
    • Gulf of Oman
    • Gulf of Panama
    • Gulf of Paria
    • Gulf of Penas
    • Gulf of Rega
    • Gulf of St. Lawrence
    • Gulf of St. Milo
    • Gulf of San Jorge
    • Gulf of San Matias
    • Gulf of Sidra
    • Gulf of Suez
    • Gulf of Taranto
    • Gulf of Thailand
    • Gulf of Tonkin
    • Gulf of Taranto
    • Gulf of Valencia
    • Gulf of Venice

    H

    • Hannay Bay
    • Haho River
    • Havel River
    • Hornad River
    • Housatonic River
    • Huang He River (Yellow)
    • Hudson Bay
    • Hudson River
    • Hudson Strait
    • Humboldt River

    I

    • Iguazu Falls
    • Illinois River
    • Indal River
    • Indian Ocean
    • Indus River (details)
    • Indus River
    • Ionian Sea
    • Irish Sea
    • Irtysh River
    • Iskur River
    • Ivindo River

    J

    • James Bay
    • James River (ND)
    • James River (VA)
    • Jammerbugten
    • Jamuna River
    • Java Sea
    • Jubba River
    • Jucar River

    K

    • Kaduna River
    • Kandalaksha Bay
    • Kansas River
    • Kanyaru River
    • Kara Sea
    • Kara Strait
    • Kasai River
    • Kattegat Bay
    • Kemi River
    • Kennebec River
    • Kentucky Lake
    • Kentucky River
    • Khatanga Gulf
    • Kiel Bay
    • Koge Bay
    • Kokemaer
    • Komoe River
    • Korea Strait
    • Koro Sea
    • Kuban River
    • Kura River (Azerbaijan)
    • Kura River (Georgia)
    • Kwango River
    • Kyparissia Gulf

    L

    • La Perouse Strait
    • Labe River
    • Labrador Sea
    • Laccadive Sea
    • Lac de Guiers
    • Lake Abaya
    • Lake Abhe
    • Lake Albert
    • Lake Assal
    • Lake Athabasca
    • Lake Baykal (Baikal)
    • Lake Balkhash
    • Lake Bangweulu
    • Lake Bodensee
    • Lake Barkley
    • Lake Chad
    • Lake Champlain
    • Lake Chew
    • Lake Chilwa
    • Lake Cohaha
    • Lake Constance
    • Lake Como
    • Lake Dorian
    • Lake Ebire
    • Lake Edward
    • Lake Erie
    • Lake (Laugh) Erne
    • Lake Eyre
    • Lake Garda
    • Lake Gatun
    • Lake Geneva
    • Lake George
    • Lake Huron
    • Lake Ihema
    • Lake Inari
    • Lake Izabal
    • Lake Ladoga
    • Lake Lugano
    • Lake Lucerne
    • Lake Kariba
    • Lake Kossou
    • Lake Kwania
    • Lake Kyoga
    • Lake Maggiore
    • Lake Malawi
    • Lake Managua
    • Lake Manitoba
    • Lake Manzala
    • Lake Maracaibo
    • Lake Mead
    • Lake Michigan
    • Lake Malombe
    • LAke Muritz
    • Lake Mweru
    • Lake Nasijarv
    • Lake Nassar
    • Lake (Laugh) Neagh
    • Lake Neuchatel
    • Lake Nicaragua
    • Lake Nipigon
    • Lake Nyasa
    • Lake of the Woods
    • Lake Ohrid
    • Lake Okeechobee
    • Lake Onega
    • Lake Ontario
    • Lake Ozero Sivash
    • Lake Oulujarvi
    • Lake Paijanne
    • Lake Peipus
    • Lake Pielinen
    • Lake Pontchartrain
    • Lake Poopo
    • Lake Powell
    • Lake Prespa
    • Lake Pskov
    • Lake Rudolf
    • Lake Rweru
    • Lake St. Clair
    • Lake Saimaa
    • Lake Shkodra
    • Lake Superior
    • Lake Tahoe
    • Lake Tanganyika
    • Lake Tanganyika (Burundi)
    • Lake Texoma
    • Lake Tiberias
    • Lake Titicaca
    • Lake Titicaca (Bolivia)
    • Lake Titicaca (Peru)
    • Lake Turkana
    • Lake Tuz
    • Lake Van
    • Lake Vanern
    • Lake Vattern
    • Lake Vegoritis
    • Lake Victoria
    • Lake Victoria (Uganda)
    • Lake Volta
    • Lake Volvi
    • Lake Vorts-Jarv
    • Lake Vygozero
    • Lake Winnipeg
    • Lake Winnipesaukee
    • Lake Zurich
    • Lake Zurichee
    • Lakonikos Gulf

    M

    • Mackenzie River
    • Madriu River
    • Magdalena River
    • Malta Channel
    • Mana River
    • Mangachevir Reservoir
    • Marano River
    • Mariager Fjord
    • Maritsa River
    • Maroni River
    • Marowijne River
    • Matochkin Strait
    • Mbuluzi River
    • Mecklenburger Bay
    • Mediterranean Sea
    • Medjerda River
    • Mekong River (Cambodia)
    • Mekong River (China)
    • Mekong River (Laos)
    • Mekong River (Thailand)
    • Mekong River (Mouth)
    • Menai Strait
    • Merrimack River (Mass.)
    • Merrimack River (NH)
    • Messina Strait
    • Messinia Gulf
    • Meuse River (Belgium)
    • Meuse River (France)
    • Meuse River (Netherlands)
    • Mezen Bay
    • Mezen River
    • Miami River
    • Milo River
    • Minnesota River
    • Mino River
    • Mississippi River
    • Mississippi River (mouth)
    • Mississippi River (source)
    • Missouri River
    • Moa River
    • Mobile Bay
    • Mohawk River
    • Molucca Sea
    • Mono River
    • Monongahela River
    • Morava River (Czech Rep)
    • Morava River (Serbia)
    • Morecambe Bay
    • Moselle River
    • Mozambique Channel
    • Muonio River
    • Murray River
    • Muskingham River

    N

    • Napo River
    • Narragansett Bay
    • Neches River
    • Neder River
    • Neisse River
    • Neman River
    • Neris River
    • Ngounie River
    • Ngwavuma River
    • Niarbyl Bay
    • Niger River
    • Niger River (Nigeria)
    • Nile River
    • Nile River (Egypt)
    • Nile River (Sudan)
    • Nile River (Albert)
    • Nile River (Blue)
    • Nile River (Mountain)
    • Nile River (Victoria)
    • Nile River (White)
    • Niobrara River
    • Nistru River
    • North Sea
    • North Channel
    • North Sea Canal
    • Norwegian Sea
    • Notec River
    • Nueces River

    O

    • Ob' River
    • Ocmulgee River
    • Oder River (Czech Rep)
    • Oder River (Germany)
    • Oder River (Poland)
    • Ogooue River
    • Ohio River
    • Olenekskiy Bay
    • Olt River
    • Onega Bay
    • Onega River
    • Orange River
    • Orange River Lesotho
    • Orange River Namibia
    • Orinoco River
    • Oti River
    • Oueme River
    • Oulu River
    • Ounas River
    • Ouse River
    • Oresund Sound
    • Oyapuck River

    P

    • Pacific Ocean
    • Pagasitikos Gulf
    • Palk Bay
    • Panama Canal
    • Paraguay River
    • Parana River (Argentina)
    • Parana River (Brazil)
    • Parana River Paraguay
    • Parnu River
    • Patra Gulf
    • Pawcatuck River
    • Patuxent River
    • Peace River
    • Pearl River (Mississippi)
    • Pecos River
    • Pee Dee River
    • Penobscot River
    • Penzhin Bay
    • Persian Gulf
    • Philippine Sea
    • Pinios River
    • Pivdennyy Bug
    • Platte River
    • Po River
    • Potomac River
    • Pribyat River
    • Prut River (Moldova)
    • Prut River (Romania)
    • Pyramid Lake

    R

    • Ramsey Bay
    • Randers Fjord
    • Raut River
    • Razdan River
    • Red River
    • Red River (North Dakota)
    • Red Sea
    • Republican River
    • Rhine River
    • Rhine River (France)
    • Rhine River (Germany)
    • Rhine River (Liechtenstein)
    • Rhine River (Netherlands)
    • Rhone River
    • Ringkobing Fjord
    • Rio Cachew
    • Rio Geba
    • Rio Grande River
    • Rio de la Plata
    • Rio Negro
    • Rio Uruguay
    • Rioni River
    • Roanoke River
    • Rokel River
    • Ross Sea
    • Rufiji River
    • Rupert Bay
    • Rusizi River

    S

    • St. Bride's Bay
    • St. George's Channel
    • St. Johns River (Florida)
    • St. John's River (Maine)
    • Saale River
    • Sabibe Lake
    • Sabine River
    • Sacramento River
    • Saimaa Canal
    • Saint Lawrence River
    • Saint Lawrence Seaway
    • Sakhalin Gulf
    • Saline River
    • Salt Lake
    • Salway Firth
    • Sanaga River
    • San Antonio River
    • Sangha River
    • Sambre River
    • Samso Belt
    • San Joaquin River
    • San Marino River
    • Sannikov Strait
    • Saone River
    • Saronic Gulf
    • Sassandra River
    • Sava River(Bosnia)
    • Sava River(Croatia)
    • Sava River(Serbia)
    • Sava River(Slovenia)
    • Savannah River
    • Savu Sea
    • Schelde River
    • Scotia Sea
    • Scioto River
    • Scituate Res.
    • Sea of Azov
    • Sea of Crete
    • Sea of the Hebrides
    • Sea of Japan
    • Sea of Marmara
    • Sea of Okhotsk
    • Seine River
    • Senegal River
    • Sevana Lake
    • Seven Seas
    • Severn River
    • Severn River(mouth)
    • Sewa River
    • Shabele River
    • Shannon River
    • Shark Bay
    • Shelikhov Gulf
    • Shenandoah River
    • Sil River
    • Sirba River
    • Smoky Hill River
    • Snake River
    • Snake River (Idaho)
    • South China Sea
    • South Platte River
    • Southern Ocean
    • Spree River
    • Spencer Gulf
    • Sron River
    • St. John River
    • St. Paul River
    • Strait of Bonifacio
    • Strait of Dover
    • Strait of Georgia
    • Strait of Gibraltar
    • Strait of Hormuz
    • Strait of Kerch
    • Strait of Otranto
    • Strait of Malacca
    • Strait of Magellan
    • Strait of Otranto
    • Strait of Sicily
    • Sula Sea
    • Suez Canal
    • Susquehanna River
    • Susquehanna River
    • (Pennsylvania)
    • Swansea Bay

    T

    • Taganrog Gulf
    • Tagus River (description)
    • Tagus River (Portugal)
    • Tagus River (Spain)
    • Taia River
    • Taiwan Strait
    • Tana River
    • Tana River
    • Tannis Bay
    • Tasman Sea
    • Tatar Strait
    • Tennessee River
    • Teno River
    • Terpeniya Bay
    • Thames River
    • Thermaic Gulf

    U

    • Ubangui River
    • Ucayali River
    • Uele River
    • Ugangi River
    • Ume River
    • Ungava Bay
    • Uolo River
    • Utah Lake

    V

    • Vah River
    • Valira River
    • Vardar River
    • Venta River
    • Victoria Falls
    • Vilkitshogo Strait
    • Vistula River
    • Vijose River
    • Vitava River
    • Vistula River
    • Volga River (overall)
    • Volga River
    • Volta (Black) Burkina
    • Volta(Black) Ghana
    • Volta (Red)
    • Volta (White) Burkina
    • Volta (White) Ghana

    W

    • Wabash River
    • Wabash River (Indiana)
    • Waddenzeer
    • Weddell Sea
    • Weser River
    • Western Dvina River
    • White River
    • White River (Dakotas)
    • White Sea
    • White Sea-Baltic Canal
    • Wye River (England)
    • Wye River (Wales)

    Y

    Z

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