Northern Moldova

Northern Moldova is located on the Moldavian Plateau, created by the build-up of sediment deposited by rivers running off the neighbouring Carpathian Mountains.

Northern Moldova forms the western extreme of a vast band of the steppe that stretches to Siberia - steppe is sprawling grasslands with very few trees.

Chernozem is a specific type of extremely fertile soil found only in a two places on Earth: the Chernozem Belts of the Canadian Plains and the Eurasian Steppes.

Bălţi (pronounced “Beltsy”) is the third largest city in Moldova after Chișinău and Tiraspol, and is the centre of culture and industry in the north of the country.

The earliest written mention of Bălţi was in 1421. However, not much is known about its early history as the city was destroyed and rebuilt in the 18th century.

More than 80% of the Moldova is covered in agricultural land and as a result, around 20% of the country’s GDP comes from farming.

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Flying at 13,000m - The Moldavian Plateau


Flying at 4,000m - Farming the Bălţi Steppe


Flying at street level - The cultural capital of the north

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