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Mile 8.1, Badger Creek Rapid, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 1406a)

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Stake 1406a, 28 December 1889 View Larger Image
28 December 1889
Badger Creek Rapid is the first major rapid encountered in Grand Canyon. The time of Nims’ view was not recorded in his diary or Stanton’s but was about 12:30 PM from the position of shadows on the left side of the river. The view captures the entire rapid; Jackass Canyon, sand bar, and debris fan on the middle right; and Badger Canyon fan and sand bar in the middle. Note the little triangular rock in contrast with the large sandstone slab in the left foreground.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57- RS-277, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1406a, 30 January 1991 View Larger Image
30 January 1991
The camping beaches on both sides were significantly eroded owing to operations of Glen Canyon Dam. Several monumented rocks show that the sand bar downstream of Jackass Canyon (left) has lost five feet of sand from 1890 to 1990. Note the substantial amount of erosion of the sand bar on the Badger side (lower center). Tamarisk is present on both banks and on the debris fans, and the largest clumps at lower center germinated before 1952. From this distance, the rapid does not appear to have changed significantly, but close examination of the mouth of Badger Canyon (left) shows new rocks from a debris flow that occurred early in the 20th century. Only streamflow floods have occurred in Jackass Canyon in the last century. Robert Webb reoccupied the position of one of Stanton’s boatmen, and the little triangular rock is still present.
Photo credit: Dave Edwards

Stake 1406a, 15 September 2010 View Larger Image
15 September 2010
A debris flow from Jackass Canyon significantly altered the left side of the rapid in 1994, although much of the impact of this event was removed by the 1996 controlled flood. What is left of the aggraded debris fan is exposed in this view on river left. Several large tamarisk now grow on the Jackass Canyon sandbar on river left, and tamarisk and other riparian species have increased on the Badger Creek debris fan. John Mortimer is standing in the foreground, and the little triangular rock is still present despite a few new rocks that have fallen into the view.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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