What are some interesting geographical facts about Moldova?


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Moldova consists largely of a subtly sloping hilly region that borders Romania on the west and the Ukraine on the north, south and east. The Moldavian Plateau makes up the bulk of Moldova, with lowlands ringing most of the country.

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The Moldavian Plateau consists of several regions, including the Dniester Hills, the northern-most point in Moldova. The region's valleys and ridges reach an average height of 787 feet above sea level and fall to the Moldavian Plain just south of the hills with an average altitude 656 feet. This area, consisting of the Balti Steppe and Middle Prut Valley, covers more than 1,800 square miles. Although it was originally blanketed in forests, it has since been deforested for agricultural use.

The plain rises to form the Central Moldavian Plateau in the center of the country, culminating in Hill Balanesti at the height of 1,410 feet. The Cornesti or Cordi Hills surround the area and flow into the Tigheci Hills to the south, which drop to the Lower Prut Valley.

Moldova is crisscrossed by over 3,000 rivers and streams, including the Nistru, Prut and Raut. The longest, the Nistru River, is 840 miles long, culminating in the Nistru River Valley and the lowest point of the country at 6 feet below sea level.

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