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The Karst of Ireland

The Karst of Ireland


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What is Karst?

The development of karst

  • How karst features are formed
  • Ancient karst or palaeokarst in Ireland
  • The importance of limestone and karst in Ireland

The main karst regions of Ireland

  • The North-western Plateau karsts
  • The Burren
  • The western lowlands
  • The east midlands
  • The southern valley karst in Counties Cork, Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford
  • The Ulster chalk

Engineering and environmental aspects of karst

  • Engineering and construction
  • Water Supply
  • Quarrying and mining
  • Agriculture
  • Water pollution; the need to protect water resources in karst areas
  • Groundwater protection schemes in karst areas

Conserving our karst landscape

Glossary of Technical Terms

Irish Place Names and Karst

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