By R. J. Crampton
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The plain, particularly near the Danube itself, consists of large areas of rich black earth, or chernozem, and is therefore a fertile area for growing grain, industrial crops and vines, and for raising livestock. To the south of the Danubian plain run the Balkan mountains, more or less dissecting the country on an east-west axis. The Balkan range can be split into four sub-regions: the fore-Balkan, where the hills begin to rise from the Danubian plain; the Stara Planina (Old Mountain range) or the Balkan range proper; the sub-Balkan valleys running to the south; and the Sredna Gora (Mountain amidst the Mountains), which is separated from the Stara Planina by the upper reaches of the river Tundja.
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The most common group is the Eurasian, but others come from the European and the circumpolar categories, whilst, in the south, Mediterranean species are common. There are comparatively few native species, though the country is rich in ancient, pre-glacial varieties which are not to be found in northern Europe. In the mountains there are forests of beech, oak, and hornbeam, and though these have mostly been influenced by human activity there are natural or relict forests. The Stranja hills and parts of the eastern Balkan range contain plants not found elsewhere in Europe, such as the quercus hartwissiana, which has a primitive leaf structure, and the aesculus hippocastanum.
Bulgaria by R. J. Crampton