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Mile 8.1, Badger Creek Rapid, Downstream View from River Right (Stake 1406b)

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Stake 1406b, 29 December 1889 View Larger Image
29 December 1889
Small sandbars are scattered along the river corridor in this downstream view. The dominant plants are native perennial grasses and shadscale. At the lower right grows a shadscale in front of a grass, probably mesa dropseed.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-279, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1406b, 20 January 1991 View Larger Image
20 January 1991
More sandbars are exposed on river left in this view, although some that were present in 1889 – especially the large one on river left in the distant bend – are smaller. The biomass of desert plants in 1991 is similar to that in 1889. Tamarisk were present in 1991 but are not obvious on either bank. The shadscale at lower right persists, although much of the plant has died. The grass behind it is bush muhly. Only one of the rocks in the foreground has moved.
Photo credit: Dave Edwards

Stake 1406b, 15 September 2010 View Larger Image
15 September 2010
The camera station is too far into the view, but most of the features of both the 1889 and 1991 views can still be seen. Sandbars generally are similar in location and size compared with 1991, although the prominent group in the left midground may have increased in size. Shadscale in the foreground and midground appear to have grown, but this is in part due to the camera position, which shows less of the formerly blocking rocks in the foreground.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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