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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 92.5, Salt Creek Camp, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 1456)

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Stake 1456, 7 February 1890 View Larger Image
7 February 1890
Stanton, faced with navigating Horn Creek Rapid at low water, purposefully allowed one of his boats to drift into the rapid without oarsmen, a move the origin for which he attributed to John Wesley Powell. The Marie was smashed to pieces against a rock near the bottom of the rapid that we affectionately refer to as the Mace Rock, which damaged one of our boats in 1989. The eleven men of the expedition crowded into the remaining two boats, and the stop for photographs on the sandbar downstream Salt Creek was no doubt welcome. Only sand, boulders, and barren cliffs are visible.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-460, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1456, 29 January 1990 View Larger Image
29 January 1990
Tamarisk is now the most common riparian plant in Grand Canyon. Although it was first documented in 1938, its colonization accelerated after the closure of Glen Canyon Dam in 1963. Tamarisk is beneficial to sandbars; as is apparent at left, tamarisk traps sand that might otherwise be washed downstream during periodic high releases. It also provides shade against the relentless summer sun, except during winter when it is leafless, as it is in this view. Rocks are scattered on the otherwise open sand by river runners who use this campsite heavily.
Photo credit: Glenn Rink

Stake 1456, 21 September 2010 View Larger Image
21 September 2010
The tamarisk now form a wall on the river side of this sandbar and are perched on hummocks of sand. Several trails cut through this wall, allowing access to the reduced sand area upslope of the tamarisk. About three feet of sand has eroded away, exposing many large boulders which were not visible twenty years earlier.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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