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Mile 61.4, Little Colorado River, Across Canyon View from River Right (Stake 1427b)

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Stake 1427b, 20 January 1890 View Larger Image
20 January 1890
From a ridge with a sweeping view, Stanton captured this image of the confluence of the Little Colorado (left center) and mainstem Colorado (lower left) rivers. At this point, Marble Canyon technically ends and Grand Canyon begins, although the latter term is often used to encompass the entire 270 miles of the river from Lee’s Ferry to the Grand Wash Cliffs. Snow occurs low on the cliffs extending down from Cape Solitude. The expedition boats are parked along the large, barren, gravel bar deposited by the Little Colorado River at its mouth. Scattered shrubs, mostly Mormon tea and grizzlybear pricklypear, are present on the slope below the camera station.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-373, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1427b, 5 January 1992 View Larger Image
5 January 1992
Low clouds and snow blanketed the cliffs opposite the camera station when this image was taken, creating difficult matching conditions. The match is slightly off, making comparison of the vegetation in the near foreground difficult, although some Mormon tea have persisted the century. The muddy brown water of the Little Colorado River as it flows into the green Colorado is clearly visible, as the combined waters flow past the gravel bar, which has shifted over the course of the past century. Brittlebush, grizzlybear pricklypear, catclaw, and Mormon tea are scattered across the slope, while riparian shrubs, likely arrowweed, have become established on the gravel bar. A few tamarisk are growing along river left, just upstream of the confluence.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

Stake 1427b, 19 September 2010 View Larger Image
19 September 2010
The gravel bars have changed little in their overall location, lower water levels have allowed riparian vegetation to become established on them. The riparian vegetation, mostly tamarisk and arrowweed, has increased in height and density. On the foreground slope, some of the brittlebush present 18 years ago have died, while beavertail pricklypear has become established in addition to the grizzlybear. Many of the individual Mormon tea, pricklypear, and catclaw persist, along with some of the brittlebush.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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