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Mile 24.5, 24.5-Mile Canyon, Down Canyon View from River Left (Stake 1560)

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Stake 1560, 14 July 1889 View Larger Image
14 July 1889
Nims stood atop a boulder of Coconino sandstone when he took this image down 24.5-Mile Canyon to the Colorado River, which is just visible in the distance. Desert vegetation in the view includes Mormon tea, hedgehog cactus, perennial grasses, and Anderson thornbush.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-307, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1560, 2 February 1991 View Larger Image
2 February 1991
While the rocks on the slope in the left third foreground of the image are largely the same, a streamflow flood has altered the canyon bottom, removing, rearranging, and depositing numerous rocks and boulders. Despite this, many of the Mormon tea and Anderson thornbush on the left side of the view persist. The hedgehog cactus visible in 1889 is gone, although others are present in the view. A large beavertail pricklypear is now growing at left foreground.
Photo credit: Liz Hymans

Stake 1560, 16 September 2010 View Larger Image
16 September 2010
The canyon rocks and boulders have remained unchanged in the intervening 19 years between photographs, although one new boulder appears in the right foreground. Many of the shrubs and cacti are considerably larger now, and some new individuals have become established. The beavertail pricklypear in the left foreground is much larger, and numerous Mormon tea persist in the view. A large Anderson thornbush in the left foreground has persisted for 121 years.
Photo credit: John Mortimer

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