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Stanton Repeat Photography

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

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Stake 1424b, 18 January 1890 View Larger Image
18 January 1890
Uncharacteristically, Stanton changed lenses and took two similar views from the same location looking the same direction. This view was taken with what is known as a normal lens, as opposed to the previous view, taken with a wide-angle lens. The dominant plant appearing on the slopes is Mormon tea. Mesquite is apparent at river level, upslope from the prominent sand deposits that line the river.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-361, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1424b, 5 February 1991 View Larger Image
5 February 1991
The river level is higher than it was in the original photograph, but the sand bars appear to have shifted and eroded; mesquite has increased, but not as much as the non-native tamarisk. Many of the Mormon tea plants visible in 1890 persist.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

Stake 1424b, 18 September 2010 View Larger Image
18 September 2010
Sandbars continue to decrease in exposed area owing to erosion and establishment of vegetation, both native mesquite and non-native tamarisk. The mesquite are leafed out in this late-summer view, giving them a denser appearance than in the winters of 1890 and 1991. New brittlebush are apparent in the foreground, and Mormon tea persist from 1890.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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