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Jungmuncheon Stream, Jeju-do, South Korea

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South Korea, Self-governing province of Jeju-Do, Jeju Special Autonomous Province

The Stream of Jungmuncheon, located on the stunning Jeju-do Island in South Korea, is a beautiful freshwater stream. On the way to the sea the stream travels down the three-tiered waterfall of Cheonjeyeon.

There are many islands in the southwestern seas of Korea. Each island has small independent streams and various freshwater fish live there, and there is even major differences from stream to stream on each island.

The flora and fauna of Jeju-do Island is quite unique, and the island is home to rare plants and an abundance of life. There has been collected way over 700 different fish species from the streams of Jeju-Do Island. The stream of Jungmuncheon is inhabited by my both Rhinogobius and other species.

Submitted by
David Nørholm
Approved by
Fan Li & Zhou Hang
GPS
33.2456169, 126.4186172
Geographical region
Eastern Asia
Drainage Basin
Jungmuncheon River
River catchment
Jungmuncheon Stream
Water body type
Stream
Water body name
Jungmuncheon Stream
Water body part
Rapids
Water body course
Middle course
Water body: tributary of
River
Tributary name
Jungmuncheon River

Videos above and below water

Water Chemistry

Water information

Water type
Fresh water
Water color
Clear water
Water transparency
High
Concentration of sediments
Low
Water temperature
°C
Water flow/curent
Strong

Chemical parameters

pH
7.44
Conductivity
121
GH
KH
Dissolved Oxygen
5.23 %

Substrate in nature

Sand
Beige
Pebble/Gravel
Mixed
Stone
Grey
Stone form
Roundish
Silt/Mud
Beige
Leaves
Driftwood
Few
Submerged terrestrial vegetation

Aquatic Biotope

Date of collecting
10/04/2022
Collecting area
Centre
Water depth
1,0m
Air temperature
20 °C
Sunlight
Partial shade

Environment

Environment
Affected by human activity
Affected by human activity
Pollution
Pollution
Advanced
Surrounding area

The surrounding area of Jungmuncheon Stream on Jeju-do Island is a picturesque and captivating landscape. Lush greenery, including diverse flora and towering trees, blankets the surroundings, creating a serene and natural atmosphere.

The stream meanders through valleys, occasionally forming gentle cascades and pools that add to its beauty. The area is known for its scenic beauty, with the stream flowing through rocky terrain and dense forests, offering a peaceful retreat for visitors – no wonder this place is a popular tourist attraction.

The natural surroundings are teeming with biodiversity, with various plant species, small animals, and birds. The area was selected as a Designated Natural Monument No. 378 in 1993 because of the rare plants it contains and its value for scientific research. A number of rare plants grows here as well. Tall trees, ferns and other interesting plants grow close to the banks of the stream, and makes this place even more beautiful.

Underwater landscape

Jungmuncheon Stream is a rather classical hillstream with rapid water flowing through rocks in all sizes – the water is relatively slow moving in dry season though. As the stream flows through its course, it carves its way through rocky terrain, creating a diverse and intriguing underwater environment. Underneath the crystal-clear water, you may find a variety of submerged rock formations, crevices, and small caves that provide shelter and hiding spots for aquatic life.

The underwater ecosystem of Jungmuncheon Stream is home to fewer aquatic species than compareable streams flowing into the sea of mainland Korea. Nevertheless you might spot small fish swimming gracefully among the rocks, or groups of freshwater gobies leaning against the current.

Invertebrates such as water insects, snails, and freshwater crustaceans can also be found, adding to the biodiversity of the stream. Caridina multidentata are not native to this area, but is probably released by aquarists.

The upstream of Jungmuncheon is composed of boulders and cobbles. As more downstream you move the more it consists of pebble, gravel and sand. The chosen area of this biotope is about middle of the stream, so there is not much sand, but rocks, pebbles and gravel in all sizes.

Fishlist:

  • Rhynchocypris oxycephala (Leuciscidae)
  • Rhinogobius giurinus (Oxudercidae)
  • Plecoglossus altivelis (Plecoglossidae)
  • Rhinogobius brunneus (Oxudercidae)
  • Mugil cephalus (Mugilidae)

Crustaceans:

  • Caridina multidentata (Atyidae)
Threats to ecology

Although there is numerous appreciable initiatives underway on Jeju-do Island, like the focus of suistainable tourism, nature conservation projects, UNESCO Global Geopark and a goal of being carbon free by 2030, there is still some serious threats to the ecology of the Island. Among these are:

  1. Tourism Pressure: Jeju-do Island is a popular tourist destination, and the high volume of visitors can have ecological consequences. Increased foot traffic, waste generation, and infrastructure demands can put stress on sensitive habitats, coastal areas, and natural resources.
  2. Urbanization and Development: The rapid urbanization and development on Jeju-do Island pose a significant threat to its natural ecosystems. Infrastructure expansion, construction projects, and increased human activity can lead to habitat loss, fragmentation, and disturbance to the native flora and fauna.
  3. Invasive Species: The introduction of non-native species, such as plants, animals, and pests, can disrupt the balance of native ecosystems on Jeju-do Island. Numerous freshwater species has already been introduced to the island. Some reports even claim that the Rhinogobius giurinus is invasive.
  4. Volcanic activity. Jeju-do Island is located in an active volcanic region, and as such, volcanic activity poses certain threats to the island’s environment and population.

Riparian zone

Trees near the aquatic habitat
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Comment by the expert

Fan Li: The contestant carefully observed and described the ecological characteristics of the habitat.

Zhou Hang: –