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Mile 222.5, Upstream from Diamond Peak, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 1521a)

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Stake 1521a, 1 March 1890 View Larger Image
1 March 1890
In the warmer, more open Western Grand Canyon, this upstream view shows an island and backwaters in a river with little riparian vegetation along its banks. The old high-water line, which is discontinuous in this reach, consists of mesquite and catclaw. The foreground slopes support an assemblage of creosotebush, brittlebush, white bursage, and ocotillo.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-659, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1521a, 26 February 1991 View Larger Image
26 February 1991
When botanist Ray Turner visited the site 101 years later, he found many of the same creosotebush, a few persistent white bursage, and one new barrel cactus (right center). The ocotillo has died, but two new ones are present. The sandbar behind the island is somewhat smaller, but it is stabilized by arrowweed with some tamarisk nearby. The small island is now vegetated, likely with arrowweed, tamarisk, and seepwillow.
Photo credit: Raymond M. Turner

Stake 1521a, 30 September 2010 View Larger Image
30 September 2010
Riparian vegetation growing on the island and the sandbars is now much denser, and the former backwater area is mostly gone. The desert vegetation has likewise increased in biomass, although the creosotebush all persist. Three barrel cacti are now visible, including the one present in 1991.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

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