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Mile 26.7, MNA/Tiger Wash, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 1562)

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Stake 1562, 16 July 1889 View Larger Image
16 July 1889
When Nims captured this view in 1889, the foreground contained boulders scattered across sand, prompting him (or Stanton) to identify the image as “marble pavement.” There are a few Apache plume growing at left, but the foreground is largely devoid of vegetation.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-318, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1562, 2 February 1991 View Larger Image
2 February 1991
A debris flow in the 102 years between photographs has greatly changed the near foreground, which made replication of this view very difficult. Some of the boulders visible in 1889, including the large dark one at center, have moved, and many new rocks and boulders are present. In the midground, the remnants of the rockfall from river right that created MNA Rapid in 1974 are apparent next to the river. Apache plume, some of it persisting, is growing on the rocky slope in the left midground; a longleaf brickellbush is visible at left. Driftwood is scattered in the center of the image.
Photo credit: Liz Hymans

Stake 1562, 16 September 2010 View Larger Image
16 September 2010
Once again, the foreground has changed dramatically, although this is in part because the camera station has been moved into the 1991 view; note the boulder in the left foreground. A large amount of sand is now deposited on the beach, vegetated with dense growths of tamarisk and seepwillow. A large driftwood log, probably deposited during one of the three large dam releases in the intervening 19 years, appears in the foreground. There is still longleaf brickellbush growing in the view, although the change in camera station has shifted the previous individual of longleaf brickellbush out of the view to the left.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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