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Excerpt from The Winning, Preparation, and Use of Peat in Ireland: Reports and Other Documents
Very large areas of Ireland are covered by its bogs, Area. Estimated to amount to about acres, more than one half of which are red bog as distinct from mountain peat soil. More than acres of these bogs represent the ﬂat and deep bogs, three-quarters of which are concentrated within the central belt, bounded on the north by a line joining Howth with Sligo, and on the south by a line joining Wicklow with Galway. These bogs are estimated to average at least Average 17 feet in depth, and we estimate that this great tract of depth' acres of ﬂat bogs contains upwards of million F1161 Content. Tons of anhydrous peat. The data do not exist which would enable us to calculate the peat. Contained in the mountain bogs, but we consider that the total content of all the Irish bogs is between and million tons of anhydrous peat, or say, million tons of air dried peat. At the present rate of peat consumption, say 6 million tons per annum, and allowing that all the imported coal tons were replaced by peat fuel on the basis of two tons of air dried peat to one ton of coal, that is about 9 million tons of peat, the peat deposits would satisfy the fuel and power requirements of the country at the present rate of consumption for more than 250 years.
The area of the bogs as given in the Bogs Commissioners' reports (1810 - 1814) is English acres. Professor H. Ryan has pointed out (economic Proceedings, Royal Dublin Society, 1907. Part 10, page 384) a rather curious error whereby Irish acres are brought into the summary instead of English acres. The total area as corrected by Professor Ryan is given as English acres. (see Appendix IV., pp.53 - 55)
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