This Topic In Depth focuses on the land, science, and scientists of Ireland.Offered by Enchanted Learning.com, the first site (1) gives kids a brief introduction to Ireland's geography through a description of its location, size, and major rivers; online and printable maps; and a quiz. The next site is called the Irish Scientist (2), which is an online version of a yearly publication that "provide a means for Irish scientists and technologists to describe -- to colleagues, legislators and the general public -- what they are doing." The 1999, 2000, and 2001 versions are on the site and contain each article, grouped by varying categories. Offered by The Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (3), this site is a clickable map of all the major waterways in the country. Additional information is offered, including a description of that particular stretch of water, its history, and any locks along the route. Provided by the Environmental Protection Agency of Ireland, the next site is called Water Quality in Ireland (4). Another clickable map, this site gives water quality descriptions and data that is available for particular monitoring sites around the country. The Mapping the Irish Seabed Web site (5), offered by the Geological Survey of Ireland, gives a complete description of the goals, procedures, and products of the survey's attempt to map an area ten times the size of Ireland's land area. The next Web site, presented by the Mountaineering Council of Ireland, is called 600 Metre Tops of Ireland (6). This database offers listings of mountains in the country, arranged by name and height, and can be queried by location, height minimums and maximums, and much more. Next, from the University of Dublin, comes the Agroclimatic Atlas of Ireland (7). Although just one page, it does give basic soil information for the entire country that may be difficult to find otherwise. The Irish Meteorological Service offers the next site called the Climate of Ireland (8). This site gives general descriptions of Ireland's climate, including 30-year averages as well as sun, wind, rain, and temperature information. The last site, also from Ireland's Environmental Protection Agency and called Press Releases (9), gives visitors a chance to view a series of reports that have been published in 2001 and 2002 that include topics such as air and water quality assessments and annual reports.


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