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Mile 61.4, Little Colorado River, Downstream View from River Right (Stake 1427a)

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Stake 1427a, 20 January 1890 View Larger Image
20 January 1890
Stanton photographed this view looking downstream onto the wide, unvegetated gravel bar that extends downstream from the mouth of the Little Colorado River, which enters the mainstem Colorado River opposite the camera station. Scattered Mormon tea, catclaw, and beavertail pricklypear are visible on the mostly barren slopes. Although the view is into the sun, and a light flash appears at upper right, a low snowline appears on the distant cliffs, including Chuar Butte above the river at left center.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-375, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1427a, 23 January 1990 View Larger Image
23 January 1990
A century later, many of the same plants are still visible, with some mortality and recruitment of the Mormon tea, catclaw, and pricklypear. The gravel bar has been altered over the intervening century and is much wider on the right-hand side, and scattered shrubs – probably non-native tamarisk – have become established on its surface.
Photo credit: Ralph Hopkins

Stake 1427a, 19 September 2010 View Larger Image
19 September 2010
The muddy water of the Little Colorado River can be seen intermixing with the flow of the mainstem Colorado River, which generally runs clear in Marble Canyon due to the sediment-settling that occurs upstream in Lake Powell. Some of the shrubs in the near foreground have died in the course of the past two decades, but others that were present in 1890 still persist. The vegetation on the gravel bar has grown in size and density, and tamarisk trees can be distinguished from the lower-stature native species and younger tamarisk near the shore of the Colorado River.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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