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Mile 179.3, Lava Falls, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 1510c)

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Stake 1510c, 27 February 1890 View Larger Image
27 February 1890
Turning his camera away from the commanding view of Lava Falls Rapid and the up-canyon view of Prospect Canyon, Stanton took this upstream view, showing desert vegetation in the foreground and the river channel in the midground. Creosotebush and barrel cacti are the dominant plants, and Mormon tea is also present
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-619, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1510c, 11 February 1990 View Larger Image
11 February 1990
Most of the creosotebush persist, as does one Mormon tea. While none of the original barrel cacti have survived, the number of individuals present has more than doubled. Beavertail pricklypear, Engelmann pricklypear and cholla are also present in the view. Tamarisk and mesquite now grow along the river corridor.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

Stake 1510c, 10 March 1993 View Larger Image
10 March 1993
In the three years between photographs, the pricklypear and cholla have increased greatly in size in response to high rainfall at this time. There has been little change to the barrel cacti and creosotebush, although the latter is leafier, obscuring some of the other plants.
Photo credit: Gary B. Bolton

Stake 1510c, 29 March 2003 View Larger Image
29 March 2003
A decade later, the creosotebush appears to have died back in response to the early 21st century drought conditions. More barrel cacti are now visible, although some were likely present in 1993 and obscured by the creosotebush. Two of the larger individuals visible in the center have died. The pricklypear and cholla have died back considerably but remain in the view.
Photo credit: Thomas O’Dell

Stake 1510c, 27 September 2010 View Larger Image
27 September 2010
Several more of the barrel cacti have died without replacement, but overall the number of barrel cacti is greater than in 1890. Pricklypear appears to have increased, and the creosotebush, now smaller in stature after years of drought, have mostly persisted since 1890. The riparian vegetation is leafed out and appears to have increased in the last 20 years.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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