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Mile 133.8, Tapeats Rapid, Across Canyon View from River Left (Stake 1502b)

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Stake 1502b, 24 February 1890 View Larger Image
24 February 1890
In addition to the view looking downstream, Stanton took a photograph looking up the Tapeats Creek drainage, which features a perennial stream, a large debris fan, and scant vegetation. The creek channel is also relatively free of vegetation, indicating recent scouring. Above the high water line on river left, visible in the foreground, are Mormon tea and catclaw.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-583, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1502b, 4 March 1993 View Larger Image
4 March 1993
While some of the same boulders are visible on the debris fan on river right, it has been aggraded by a debris flow that occurred in about 1962 and has subsequently been reworked. The mouth of the Tapeats Creek channel has shifted slightly, and the creek is now lined with dense riparian vegetation, including tamarisk, seep willow, and some coyote willow. In the foreground, several individuals of Mormon tea and catclaw persist, and tamarisk is common along the Colorado River.
Photo credit: Tom Wise

Stake 1502b, 25 September 2010 View Larger Image
25 September 2010
There is a new deposit of small boulders in the creek mouth, the result of periodic flash floods in this large drainage, and the channel has again shifted. Riparian vegetation on the debris fan has continued to increase in density and stature. Some of the same Mormon tea and catclaw acacia present in 1890 persist, along with desert plants that were present in 1993.
Photo credit: John Mortimer

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