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Mile 219.2, Trail Canyon, Downstream View from River Right (Stake 1520b)

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Stake 1520b, 01 March 1890 View Larger Image
01 March 1890
The rocky debris fan from Trail Canyon dominates this view, which extends downstream to the now heavily used camp at 220 Mile Canyon. While it is largely unvegetated, a few coyote willows grow along the margins of the debris fan. On the granitic slope in the right foreground, a variety of desert plants, including catclaw, creosotebush, beavertail pricklypear, Mormon tea, barrel cacti, mesquite, and Anderson thornbush, are present.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-657, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1520b, 26 February 1991 View Larger Image
26 February 1991
The debris fan has aggraded a foot or two from a debris flow that occurred sometime in the preceding century, but its size is largely unchanged in the past century. The coyote willow are gone, but the sandbar in the near foreground has a cover of tamarisk, arrowweed, and baccharis. Some of the Mormon tea, catclaw, creosotebush, and mesquite persist, and Anderson thornbush likely does as well. Brittlebush is common here now.
Photo credit: Liz Hymans

Stake 1520b, 29 September 2010 View Larger Image
29 September 2010
What appear to be streamflow deposits continue the aggradation of the debris fan that forms Trail Canyon Rapid, a small riffle in western Grand Canyon. Riparian vegetation, mostly tamarisk, mostly obscures the surface of the debris fan and sandbar. Many of the same barrel cacti, beavertail pricklypear, catclaw, and mesquite are still present, but some of the brittlebush have died.
Photo credit: John Mortimer

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