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Mile 167.1, Downstream from National Canyon, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 1584a)

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Stake 1584a, 26 February 1890 View Larger Image
26 February 1890
From a point about fifty feet above the river and just downstream of National Canyon, Stanton took this image showing a small sandbar and a variety of desert vegetation. Several clumps of beargrass grow along the slope, and Mormon tea, catclaw, and Utah agave can be identified. The day was overcast, eliminating the strong shadows normally present in this part of Grand Canyon.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-610, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1584a, 19 February 1991 View Larger Image
19 February 1991
At the time of this photograph, the water level was three or four feet lower than the 1890 view, making the sandbars appear larger, although they are probably similar in size. While the individual beargrass plants appear to have died, there are live rosettes in the same areas, and catclaw has persisted the century. Other desert plants include Anderson thornbush, Utah agave, and Mormon tea; in the riparian zone, coyote willow, dicoria, and non-natives Russian thistle and tamarisk are present.
Photo credit: Liz Hymans

Stake 1584a, 27 September 2010 View Larger Image
27 September 2010
The desert vegetation appears to be similar to what it was 19 years before, while the riparian vegetation has increased substantially. Arrowweed and Bermuda grass are now present, along with tamarisk and coyote willow.
Photo credit: John Mortimer

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