Bălţi Steppe (Romanian: Stepa Bălţului), also Beltsy Steppe (Russian: Бельцкая степь) is a hilly area with few trees (apart from those near rivers Dniestr, Răut and numerous lakes and creeks), dominated by agriculturally cultivated land, and occasionally by grasses and shrubs, in the northern part of Moldova. It is characterised by moderate but unstable seasons, generally hot summers and cold winters.
The Bălţi Steppe has a total surface of 1,920 km², 2.7 per cent (51 km²) of it are forests. The region, as the rest of Moldova, is traditionally an agricultural area, favored by several factors, such as the chernozem (black earth).
The untouched natural richness of the northern Moldavian region became known as Bălţi steppe only in the beginning of the last century.
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