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Spatial-temporal characteristics and causes of changes to the county-level administrative toponyms cultural landscape in the eastern plains of China
Wang, Yingying1,2; Wang, Yingjie1,2; Fang, Lei1,2; Zhang, Shengrui1,2; Zhang, Tongyan1,2; Li, Daichao3; Ge, Dazhuan4
2019-05-28
Source PublicationPLOS ONE
ISSN1932-6203
Volume14Issue:5Pages:24
Corresponding AuthorWang, Yingjie(wangyj@lreis.ac.cn)
AbstractAs part of the cultural landscape, administrative toponyms do not only reflect natural and sociocultural phenomena, but also help with related management and naming work. Historically, county-level administrative districts have been stable and basic administrative regions in China, playing a role in the country's management. We explore the spatio-temporal evolutionary characteristics of the county-level administrative toponyms cultural landscape in China's eastern plains areas. A Geographical Information System (GIS) analysis, Geo-Informatic Tupu, Kernel Density Estimation, and correlation coefficients were conducted. We constructed a GIS database of county-level administrative toponyms from the Sui dynasty onward using the Northeast China, North China, and Yangtze Plains as examples. We then summarized the spatio-temporal evolutionary characteristics of the county-level administrative toponyms cultural landscape in China's eastern plains areas. The results indicate that (1) the number of toponyms has roughly increased over time; (2) toponym densities on the three plains are higher than the national average in the corresponding timeframe since the Sui; and (3) county-level administrative toponyms related to mountains and hydrological features accounted for more than 30% of the total in 2010. However, the percentage of county-level administrative toponyms related to natural factors on the three plains has decreased since the Sui. To explore the factors influencing this spatio-temporal evolution, we analyzed the correlations between the toponyms and natural factors and human/social factors. The correlation degree between toponym density and population density is the highest, and that between toponym density and Digital Elevation Model (DEM) the lowest. Temperature changes were important in toponym changes, and population changes have influenced toponym changes over the last 400 years in China.
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0217381
WOS KeywordPLACE-NAMES
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
Funding ProjectMinistry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China[Y77L0200AJ]
Funding OrganizationMinistry of Civil Affairs of the People's Republic of China
WOS Research AreaScience & Technology - Other Topics
WOS SubjectMultidisciplinary Sciences
WOS IDWOS:000469224300032
PublisherPUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/58988
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorWang, Yingjie
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, State Key Lab Resources & Environm Informat Syst, Beijing, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing, Peoples R China
3.Fuzhou Univ, Spatial Informat Res Ctr Fujian, Fuzhou, Fujian, Peoples R China
4.Nanjing Normal Univ, Coll Geog, Nanjing, Jiangsu, Peoples R China
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Wang, Yingying,Wang, Yingjie,Fang, Lei,et al. Spatial-temporal characteristics and causes of changes to the county-level administrative toponyms cultural landscape in the eastern plains of China[J]. PLOS ONE,2019,14(5):24.
APA Wang, Yingying.,Wang, Yingjie.,Fang, Lei.,Zhang, Shengrui.,Zhang, Tongyan.,...&Ge, Dazhuan.(2019).Spatial-temporal characteristics and causes of changes to the county-level administrative toponyms cultural landscape in the eastern plains of China.PLOS ONE,14(5),24.
MLA Wang, Yingying,et al."Spatial-temporal characteristics and causes of changes to the county-level administrative toponyms cultural landscape in the eastern plains of China".PLOS ONE 14.5(2019):24.
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