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Mile 67.2, Comanche Creek, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 1438a)

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Stake 1438a, 22 January 1890 View Larger Image
22 January 1890
Stanton stood atop a large limestone boulder when he took this image overlooking a Pleistocene terrace on the downstream side of Comanche Creek. The Palisades of the Desert appear on the right skyline, and various buttes characteristic of the Proterozoic Grand Canyon Supergroup are on the left side across the river. Mormon tea is the dominant plant on this surface, and what appears to be cottontop cactus is also present. Mesquite appears in the midground growing along the high-water line adjacent to the river channel.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-389, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1438a, 25 January 1990 View Larger Image
25 January 1990
A century later, many of the Mormon tea and mesquite persist. Brittlebush and snakeweed are now also common. Overall, there has been little apparent change in the view.
Photo credit: Ralph Hopkins

Stake 1438a, 20 September 2010 View Larger Image
20 September 2010
Some of the same Mormon tea and mesquite present in 1890 continue to persist, and many of the foreground plants have increased in size since 1990. Perennial grasses (fluffgrass and dropseed) and Russian thistle are also growing in this area. The plants in the riparian zone along the river corridor have increased, and most of the growth appears to be in tamarisk along the river channel at the mouth of Comanche Creek.
Photo credit: John Mortimer

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