Geography, Weather, & Wildlife of Romania
Romania is the largest country on the Balkan Peninsula,
reaching from the Black Sea inland. Romania is bordered by Hungary
(northwest), Serbia (southwest), Bulgaria
(south), Ukraine (east and north), and Moldova
Geographically, Romania is a fairly flat and level country,
but has a number of hills and a stretch of mountains. From the north, stretching
into the middle of the country, and to the west runs a narrow line of the Carpathian
Mountains. For most of this stretch the mountains are more hills at elevations than
towering peaks. The rest of the country is very flat and the Danube River flows
along the country's southern border before flowing into the Black Sea on Romania's
east coast. This low-lying land is very fertile and livable, but along the Black
Sea is also very susceptible to flooding.
Danube River delta
Romania's seasons are very distinct, but there are significant
geographical variations. Romania is fairly humid year round as rain is not unusual
during the summers and snow, especially in the mountains, is not uncommon in the
winters. However, the country doesn't receive as much rain as much of Western
Europe and the precipitation amounts dwindle as you move east.
Winters (December-February) can be very cold and rarely get above freezing in the
mountains, while the Danube Delta will rarely fall to the freezing point.