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dc.contributor.authorXu, Duoduoen
dc.identifier.citationXu, D. (2016). Islands’ Metamorphoses: Two River Islands in Nanjing, China, as a Case Study in Historical Toponymy and Cartography. Review of Historical Geography and Toponomastics, XI(21-22), 47-56.en
dc.description.abstractThe present study illustrates the historical toponymy and historical topography of two river islands (located in the riverbed of the Yangtze River), belonging to the Nanjing’s territory, China, starting the toponymic analysis from a collection of ancient maps. The current Bailu Zhou island has inherited its name from a Li Bai’s poem after the ancient Bailu Zhou ‘disappeared’ because of hydro-geo-morphological events over time. Bagua Zhou island, with its enigmatic name, was shaped gradually in the Yangtze River by erosion and accumulation of debris processes. Besides clarifying the historical toponymy and cartography of the two islands, the paper inserts their history among some other cases of ‘exchanged’ place names. This research reveals that both natural and human factors contribute to the toponymic replacement of islands. It shows, moreover, the relevance of the changes in hydro-geo-morphology of river islands, due to the instability of river phenomena, in their naming process.en
dc.format.extent10 p.en
dc.relation.ispartofseriesReview of Historical Geography and Toponomasticsen
dc.rights© 2016 West University of Timisoara, Department of Geography. This paper was published in Review of Historical Geography and Toponomastics under the Creative Commons license, Attribution CC BY. The published version is available at:
dc.subjectBailu Zhou Islanden
dc.subjectBagua Zhou Islanden
dc.titleIslands’ Metamorphoses: Two River Islands in Nanjing, China, as a Case Study in Historical Toponymy and Cartographyen
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Humanities and Social Sciencesen
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