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Geographical Meaning of ‘Seolbo (Snow Reservoir)’ in I rrigation Facility on Joseon Dynasty Period

  • Journal of the Association of Korean Geographers
  • Abbr : JAKG
  • 2018, 7(2), pp.165-180
  • DOI : 10.25202/JAKG.7.2.4
  • Publisher : Association of Korean Geographers
  • Research Area : Social Science > Geography
  • Received : June 3, 2018
  • Accepted : July 16, 2018

Cho Sung Wook 1

1전북대학교 지리교육과

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ABSTRACT

This study examined the geographical meaning of the ‘Snow reservoir’ legend in the irrigation facility on Joseon Dynasty period. The findings of this study are summarized as follows; First, appearance of snow and frost in the legend is more related to the irrigation canal problem than the reservoir. Secondly, it is related to the topography problem such as the difference of slope can fall down from reservoir to the irrigation area naturally, existence of flat irrigation area, inclination in the irrigation area in itself. Third, the most difficult problem is water leakage in constructing the irrigation canal. The water leakage occurred because the irrigation area was a part of the river in the past or fluvial river terrace. The areas covered with snow and frost in the legend are assumed to be clay-soils that are mountainous clods and have less water loss. The legend is presumed to the anxiety to solve the leakage problem in the irrigation canal construction process, to secure the water for new agricultural method in the 17th to 18th century.

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