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Mile 193.0, 193-Mile Canyon, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 1515)

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Stake 1515, 28 February 1890 View Larger Image
28 February 1890
When Stanton made this image on the last day of February 1890, creosotebush, desert broom, mesquite, Anderson thornbush, perennial grasses, and pricklypear grew in the foreground. The beach at midground is partially covered with boulders and has large amounts of driftwood on its surface. A small sandy island is in the middle of the river channel, while there is a large sand beach, with catclaw growing along the high-water line, on the opposite shore.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-632, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1515, 21 February 1991 View Larger Image
21 February 1991
A century later, the prominent creosotebush and Anderson thornbush at center are still alive, as is the mesquite, although it has died back somewhat. The desert broom that was alive in 1890 has died, although other individuals of this species are now present. The perennial grasses are gone from the foreground, and biological soil crust—with some trampling through it—is visible in the left foreground. The beach is mantled with desert broom, arrowweed, and non-native tamarisk.
Photo credit: Raymond M. Turner

Stake 1515, 28 September 2010 View Larger Image
28 September 2010
The desert vegetation in the foreground—creosotebush, Anderson thornbush, and mesquite—have changed little in the ensuing two decades. The path through the biological soil crust is more distinct, although non-native red brome, a winter annual, obscures much of the sand dune with its dead stalks. The sandbar is now more heavily vegetated with desert broom and common reed dominating. Tamarisk occurs on both shorelines throughout the view.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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