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Mile 143.4, Kanab Creek, Downstream View from River Right (Stake 1504a)

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Stake 1504a, 24 February 1890 View Larger Image
24 February 1890
The mouth of Kanab Creek attracted many photographers during the Powell era owing to the short-lived gold rush that occurred here. Stanton knew this and took this photograph of the debris fan at the mouth of Kanab Creek as its juncture with the Colorado River. The waves of the rapid are smoothed out by the long exposure time required by Stanton’s shutterless camera. Scattered catclaw and Mormon tea are visible on the slopes in the foreground and beyond the debris fan.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-597, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1504a, 9 February 1990 View Larger Image
9 February 1990
The debris fan has changed, both through reworking (removal or rearrangement) of boulders during floods or deposition of new sediments, and the rapid appears to be different. For one thing, the rapid now starts further upstream, and emergent rocks appear at the upstream right side, indicating new deposition. Only a few of the larger boulders near the head of the fan are still present, and there are only a few scattered shrubs growing upon the fan. Some of the catclaw and Mormon tea persist; the catclaw in the right foreground have grown considerably, while the number on the slope beyond the debris fan has increased.
Photo credit: Raymond M. Turner

Stake 1504a, 25 September 2010 View Larger Image
25 September 2010
The catclaw, which is leafed out, and Mormon tea in the foreground have increased in size in the past two decades. More striking is the dramatic increase in riparian vegetation, likely tamarisk, established on the debris fan. The boulders on the fan that are visible appear to be unchanged in the past twenty years.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

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