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Mile 222.6, Colorado River, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 1521b)

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Stake 1521b, 01 March 1890 View Larger Image
01 March 1890
When the Stanton expedition saw Diamond Peak, which dominates this downstream view at mile 222.6, they knew their goal of Diamond Creek and access to the outside world was within reach. Stanton eagerly wanted to hike out to the railroad and telegraph at Peach Springs, 26 miles up Diamond Creek. Despite their eagerness, documentation of the railroad route came first, hence this photograph. In the foreground, creosotebush and buckhorn cholla are visible on an eolian sand dune, and the branches of an ocotillo extend into the view at lower left.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-660, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1521b, 26 February 1991 View Larger Image
26 February 1991
A debris flow that occurred sometime before 1965 has deposited numerous boulders and cobbles on the dune, altering the previous foreground. The tributary that produced the debris flow, out of the view to the left, is unnamed but typical of small canyons that are common in western Grand Canyon. Despite the deposition, most of the creosotebush have persisted the last century. Just over the foreground plants, a new sandbar is visible on the left side of the Colorado River, possibly the result of an increased constriction out of the view to the right caused by the debris flow. This sandbar is mostly obscured with a cover of tamarisk, seepwillow, and coyote willows.
Photo credit: Raymond M. Turner

Stake 1521b, 30 September 2010 View Larger Image
30 September 2010
The debris flow levee that dominates the foreground appears to have changed little in the past two decades. Creosotebush continues to persist, although the individual plants are much larger. At least one ocotillo persists from 1991, but none of the ocotillo present in 1890 persists. The riparian vegetation, leafed out in the warm season, has greatly increased, and individual tamarisk trees tower above the surrounding native species.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

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