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Mile 52.8, Nankoweap, Downstream View from River Right (Stake 1424a)

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Stake 1424a, 18 January 1890 View Larger Image
18 January 1890
Snow capped the cliffs when Stanton captured this image showing a bend in the river downstream from Nankoweap Creek, a view that is one of the most famous in Grand Canyon. Similar photographs have been taken by hundreds of river runners visiting the remnants of prehistoric granaries at Nankoweap, which are in the cliffs high above the camera station to the right. The river is lined by broad sand bars at this water level. The dominant plant on the slopes is mostly Mormon tea, while mesquite is visible near river level. A fresh gully scar is visible at the far left coming from the steep slopes on river left. These cliffs frequently produce rockfalls.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-360, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1424a, 5 February 1991 View Larger Image
5 February 1991
The river level is higher than it was 1890, and overall the amount of sand lining the river has declined or is now covered with riparian vegetation. Some of the sand bars appear to have shifted and aggraded. The gully scar is no longer as prominent as in 1890. Many of the same Mormon tea plants persist, while several new brittlebush have become established. There are more mesquite growing along the sand bars, although these are difficult to discern in a veritable sea of non-native tamarisk.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

Stake 1424a, 18 September 2010 View Larger Image
18 September 2010
Riparian vegetation continues to increase along the river, reducing the amount of sand that is visible at this distance. There has been a slight increase in the amount of mesquite, but overall it appears to be similar to that present 19 years before. Mormon tea persist, notably individuals on the left and right sides of the view. There are several new brittlebush present, along with a number of individuals that persist since 1991.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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