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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 179.3, Lava Falls, Up Prospect Canyon View from River Left (Stake 1510a)

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Stake 1510a, 27 February 1890 View Larger Image
27 February 1890
In addition to views upstream and downstream from what is now the left scout point at Lava Falls Rapid, Stanton took this image looking up Prospect Canyon. The dominant shrub is creosotebush, and many barrel cacti are visible.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-620, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1510a, 11 February 1990 View Larger Image
11 February 1990
A cairn was found at the site of this triple set of photographs, one of the few physical signs of the Stanton expedition left in Grand Canyon. A century later, most of the creosotebush present in 1890 persist. One or two of the barrel cacti are in the same locations of individuals in 1890 but are likely not persistent; the number of barrel cacti present 100 years later is much larger than in the original view.
Photo credit: Raymond M. Turner

Stake 1510a, 6 March 1995 View Larger Image
6 March 1995
In the early hours of March 6, storm runoff plunged over the rim into Prospect Canyon, mobilizing sediment into a debris flow that constricted Lava Falls Rapid. The following morning, recessional flow, visible in the upper center of the image, continued to plunge over the waterfall, which otherwise cannot be discerned from the Colorado River. The foreground vegetation, including a few ocotillo in the midground, is lush in response to abundant rainfall in the winter of 1994-1995. There has been little apparent change in the five years between photographs, although the barrel cacti have increased slightly in height. Pricklypear is more readily apparent in the view.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

Stake 1510a, 29 March 2003 View Larger Image
29 March 2003
In the eight years between photographs, some of the larger barrel cacti have died, while many small ones have either become more visible or are new. Creosotebush continue to persist throughout the view.
Photo credit: Steve Young

Stake 1510a, 11 March 2005 View Larger Image
11 March 2005
Two years later, there is little apparent change in this view. A large amount of non-native brome grass is present, growing in response to above-normal winter rainfall in the winter of 2004-2005.
Photo credit: Bruce Quayle

Stake 1510a, 27 September 2010 View Larger Image
27 September 2010
There has been little apparent change in the numbers of creosotebush and barrel cacti. One of the ocotillos appears to have died, or died back. After 120 years, the creosotebush have changed little in number but have clearly increased in stature, while the number of barrel cacti have increased significantly.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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