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Moldova    Geography Top of Page
Location: Eastern Europe, northeast of Romania
Geographic coordinates: 47 00 N, 29 00 E
Map references: Commonwealth of Independent States
Area: total:  33,843 sq km

land:  33,371 sq km

water:  472 sq km
Area - comparative: slightly larger than Maryland
Land boundaries: total:  1,389 km

border countries:  Romania 450 km, Ukraine 939 km
Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)
Maritime claims: none (landlocked)
Climate: moderate winters, warm summers
Terrain: rolling steppe, gradual slope south to Black Sea
Elevation extremes: lowest point:  Nistru (Dnister) River 2 m

highest point:  Dealul Balanesti 430 m
Natural resources: lignite, phosphorites, gypsum, arable land
Land use: arable land:  53%

permanent crops:  14%

permanent pastures:  13%

forests and woodland:  13%

other:  7% (1993 est.)
Irrigated land: 3,110 sq km (1993 est.)
Natural hazards: landslides (57 cases in 1998)
Environment - current issues: heavy use of agricultural chemicals, including banned pesticides such as DDT, has contaminated soil and groundwater; extensive soil erosion from poor farming methods
Environment - international agreements: party to:  Air Pollution, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Hazardous Wastes, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands

signed, but not ratified:  Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants
Geography - note: landlocked

 

Countryfacts Information Courtesy: CIA Worldbook








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