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    Ireland Geography - 1990

      Total area: 70,280 km2
      land area: 68,890 km2

      Comparative area: slightly larger than West Virginia

      Land boundary: 360 km with UK

      Coastline: 1,448 km

      Maritime claims:

      Continental shelf: no precise definition;

      Exclusive fishing zone: 200 nm;

      Territorial sea: 12 nm

      Disputes: maritime boundary with the UK; Northern Ireland question with the UK; Rockall continental shelf dispute involving Denmark, Iceland, and the UK (Ireland and the UK have signed a boundary agreement in the Rockall area)

      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

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

      Land use: 14% arable land; NEGL% permanent crops; 71% meadows and pastures; 5% forest and woodland; 10% other

      Environment: deforestation

      NOTE: The information regarding Ireland on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Ireland Geography 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Ireland Geography 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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