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Mile 71.5, Cardenas Hilltop Ruin, Across Canyon View from River Left (Stake 1745)

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Stake 1745, 23 January 1890 View Larger Image
23 January 1890
A short distance from the distinctive archaeological site known as Cardenas Hilltop Ruin, Stanton took this photograph looking down into a canyon extending towards the Colorado River. The prominent peak on the center skyline is Vishnu Temple. Mormon tea is present in the foreground, and trees, likely mesquite, are growing along the old high-water line next to the river.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-397, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1745, 10 February 1991 View Larger Image
10 February 1991
The match, slightly off, shows more of the Dox Formation hills in the left midground than does the original image, but a distinctive white boulder still appears at lower right. Some of the Mormon tea, including the one growing in front of the boulder, persist. Brittlebush, Anderson thornbush, and cottontop cactus are also present. Some of the mesquite along the river appear to be persistent, and tamarisk is now established on the sand bars downslope of the mesquite. The sandbar complex along the river is a heavily used river camp providing access to Unkar Creek, which is about a half mile downstream on river right. A new debris fan, devoid of vegetation and dark in tone, appears on the upstream side of these sandbars extending out from a small, unnamed canyon.
Photo credit: Dave Edwards

Stake 1745, 20 September 2010 View Larger Image
20 September 2010
Several of the Mormon tea that were alive in 1890 persist; likewise, many of the shrubs and cacti documented in the view taken two decades before persist. The sandbar appears larger than it was in 1991, but this likely is the combined result of lower water levels at the time of this photograph and sedimentation from summer floods several months before. Both the riparian and desert vegetation assemblages appear to have increased in density, and the debris fan now supports considerable vegetation cover. Brittlebush, in particular, appears to have increased in the foreground, and this species is not obvious in the 1890 view.  
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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