Historical Geography Research ›› 2020, Vol. 40 ›› Issue (2): 12-14.

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Study on Human Activities and Environmental Effects in the Upper Reaches of Lijiang River During Ming and Qing Dynasties

Liu Xiangxue   

  1. College of History, Culture and Tourism, Guangxi Normal University, Guilin 541001, China
  • Received:2019-09-03 Online:2020-05-20 Published:2020-08-14

Abstract:

The formation of sandbanks in the Lijiang River was a result of the interactions between natural environment and human activities. Since the Ming and Qing dynasties, people continuously flowed into the upper reaches of the Lijiang River to engage in agricultural work and land reclamation. They also reshaped the natural environment of the mountainous upstream area. The soil unearthed left from agricultural work and those carried by rainwater were then swept out into the Lijiang River, resulted in sediment, which accelerated the formation and development of sandbank, and shaped the appearance of the Lijiang river bed in Guilin city. The settlements were also transferred from the sandbars to sandbanks. The relationship between man and land in Lijiang River basin changed as thus.

Key words: Ming and Qing dynasties, Lijiang River Basin, human activities, reclamation, sandbars