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Mile 65.5, Palisades Creek, Across Canyon View from River Left (Stake 1434a)

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Stake 1434a, 22 January 1890 View Larger Image
22 January 1890
This view looks across the upper part of the Palisades Creek debris fan, across the head of Lava Canyon Rapid, and up Lava Canyon. Several sand and cobble bars are apparent, including the large sandbar that appears to go half-way across the river, and marsh vegetation, probably mostly common reed, grows in the right midground. Individual rocks can be discerned in the head of the rapid. Clumps of mesquite are scattered across the midground.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-384, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1434a, 6 February 1991 View Larger Image
6 February 1991
Lava Canyon Rapid has changed considerably, owing to one or more debris flows over the past century from both sides of the river. The sandbars have decreased considerably, especially in the right foreground but also in the heavily used Lava Canyon camp across the river, and riparian vegetation, including non-native tamarisk, grows on both sides of the channel. Trails created by river runners extend from the Lava Canyon Camp, and another trail, part of the Beamer Trail, weaves through the mesquites in the foreground, many of which persist.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

Stake 1434a, 19 September 2010 View Larger Image
19 September 2010
The rapid has not changed in the intervening two decades, and many of the same mesquite thickets are still present on the debris fan in the foreground. A river party is camped at the Lava Canyon Camp, and their boats somewhat obstruct the view of the size of the sandbar. A large sandbar has become established in the eddy at right center, and the riparian areas are now denser and wider, with large amounts of seepweed present. A brittlebush has become established in the rocks at left foreground; other foreground vegetation includes fluffgrass and Mesa dropseed.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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