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Mile 107.6, Bass Rapid, Downstream View from River Right (Stake 1754a)

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Stake 1754a, 17 February 1890 View Larger Image
17 February 1890
The view looks downstream at Bass Rapid, named for local pioneer William Wallace Bass, who established a tourist camp in this region around the same time as Stanton’s visit. Mormon tea, grizzlybear pricklypear, and hedgehog cactus are among the plants visible in the right foreground. Biological soil crusts are present in the spaces among the outcrops and boulders in the view.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-511, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1754a, 14 February 1991 View Larger Image
14 February 1991
Some of the Mormon tea persist, while pricklypear and brittlebush has become much more common. Brittlebush is abundant on the slopes in the right midground, and the overall density of desert vegetation has increased in the past century. The biological soil crusts are partially obscured by non-native red brome. The sand beach at left has deflated by about two feet. While not visible except at strong magnification, the rocks above the beach at left center house another addition: the Ross Wheeler, a metal boat abandoned by the Russell-Tadje trip in 1915, when the trip members decided to abandon their problem-riddled filming expedition.
Photo credit: Jane Bernard

Stake 1754a, 23 September 2010 View Larger Image
23 September 2010
Many of the brittlebush, Mormon tea, and pricklypear present in 1991 persist, with a small amount of mortality and recruitment. Brittlebush has increased throughout the view, notably in the foreground, and biological soil crusts are more prominent owing to a reduction in the red brome grass. Riparian vegetation is now well established along the sand bank or river left. The Ross Wheeler is still perched among the rocks. 
Photo credit: Todd Esque

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