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Mile 65.5, Palisades Creek, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 1434c)

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Stake 1434c, 22 January 1890 View Larger Image
22 January 1890
Stanton took this spectacular view looking downstream across the Palisades Canyon debris fan and into Furnace Flats, with the South Rim of Grand Canyon, mantled in snow, in the background. The lower section of Lava Canyon Rapid is at right center. Sandbars line both sides of the river channel, including the large deposit in the center of the view (river left) that has become a heavily used river camp. The channel of Palisades Creek crosses the debris fan in the lower midground, with clumps of mesquite growing on both sides of the arroyo.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-385, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1434c, 6 February 1991 View Larger Image
6 February 1991
Our match captures a similar snowline in the background and shadows on the hillsides and cliffs throughout the view. The sandbars have deflated, particularly the one used as a river camp, and debris flows have altered the rapid and adjacent cobble bars. There are few changes to the midground, with many individual boulders readily identifiable and the mesquite having persisted. Tamarisk grows along the river corridor, particularly behind the river camp.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

Stake 1434c, 19 September 2010 View Larger Image
19 September 2010
This late afternoon view, in late summer, shows sunset on the cliffs of the South Rim. The sandbar in the center of the image has increased in size, partially because of lower water levels but also because of seasonal sand inputs from the Little Colorado River about 4 miles upstream. The amount of riparian vegetation growing on both sides of the river corridor has increased and is especially noticeable at the mouth of Palisades Creek (right midground). The midground vegetation, which is leafed out in the warm season, appears to have increased slightly in density in the past two decades.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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