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    Ireland Geography - 2003
    http://www.theodora.com/wfb2003/ireland/ireland_geography.html
    SOURCE: 2003 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Location: Western Europe, occupying five-sixths of the island of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Great Britain


      Geographic coordinates: 53 00 N, 8 00 W


      Map references: Europe


      Area: total: 70,280 sq km
      water: 1,390 sq km
      land: 68,890 sq km


      Area - comparative: slightly larger than West Virginia


      Land boundaries: total: 360 km
      border countries: UK 360 km


      Coastline: 1,448 km


      Maritime claims: exclusive fishing zone: 200 NM
      territorial sea: 12 NM


      Climate: temperate maritime; modified by North Atlantic Current; mild winters, cool summers; consistently humid; overcast about half the time


      Terrain: mostly level to rolling interior plain surrounded by rugged hills and low mountains; sea cliffs on west coast


      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
      highest point: Carrauntoohil 1,041 m


      Natural resources: zinc, lead, natural gas, barite, copper, gypsum, limestone, dolomite, peat, silver


      Land use: arable land: 19.49%
      permanent crops: 0.04%
      other: 80.47% (1998 est.)


      Irrigated land: NA sq km


      Natural hazards: NA


      Environment - current issues: water pollution, especially of lakes, from agricultural runoff


      Environment - international agreements: party to: Air Pollution, Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Sulphur 94, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Nuclear Test Ban, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Tropical Timber 83, Tropical Timber 94, Wetlands, Whaling
      signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Endangered Species, Marine Life Conservation


      Geography - note: strategic location on major air and sea routes between North America and northern Europe; over 40% of the population resides within 97 km of Dublin


      NOTE: The information regarding Ireland on this page is re-published from the 2003 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Guinea Geography 2003 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Ireland Geography 2003 should be addressed to the CIA.

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