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    Romania Geography 2000

      Location: Southeastern Europe, bordering the Black Sea, between Bulgaria and Ukraine

      Geographic coordinates: 46 00 N, 25 00 E

      Map references: Europe

      Area:
      total: 237,500 sq km
      land: 230,340 sq km
      water: 7,160 sq km

      Area - comparative: slightly smaller than Oregon

      Land boundaries:
      total: 2,508 km
      border countries: Bulgaria 608 km, Hungary 443 km, Moldova 450 km, Serbia and Montenegro 476 km (all with Serbia), Ukraine (north) 362 km, Ukraine (east) 169 km

      Coastline: 225 km

      Maritime claims:
      contiguous zone: 24 nm
      continental shelf: 200-m depth or to the depth of exploitation
      exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
      territorial sea: 12 nm

      Climate: temperate; cold, cloudy winters with frequent snow and fog; sunny summers with frequent showers and thunderstorms

      Terrain: central Transylvanian Basin is separated from the Plain of Moldavia on the east by the Carpathian Mountains and separated from the Walachian Plain on the south by the Transylvanian Alps

      Elevation extremes:
      lowest point: Black Sea 0 m
      highest point: Moldoveanu 2,544 m

      Natural resources: petroleum (reserves declining), timber, natural gas, coal, iron ore, salt, arable land, hydro power

      Land use:
      arable land: 41%
      permanent crops: 3%
      permanent pastures: 21%
      forests and woodland: 29%
      other: 6% (1993 est.)

      Irrigated land: 31,020 sq km (1993 est.)

      Natural hazards: earthquakes most severe in south and southwest; geologic structure and climate promote landslides

      Environment - current issues: soil erosion and degradation; water pollution; air pollution in south from industrial effluents; contamination of Danube delta wetlands

      Environment - international agreements:
      party to: Air Pollution, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
      signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol

      Geography - note: controls most easily traversable land route between the Balkans, Moldova, and Ukraine

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