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Mile 137.6, Above Doris Rapid, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 1765a)

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Stake 1765a, 24 February 1890 View Larger Image
24 February 1890
Looking upstream from the head of what is now called Doris Rapid, Stanton took this image showing the glassy water above the rapid, with a large sandy beach on river left and a slightly smaller one on river right. Mormon tea and catclaw are the dominant plants in the foreground, along with clumps of perennial grasses. One Mormon tea individual is prominent on the left side of the view.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-591, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1765a, 18 February 1991 View Larger Image
18 February 1991
A century later, the beaches have altered in form but are similar in volume, and non-native tamarisk grows on both of them. Tamarisk is also present on the debris fans on river right (left side in view). Some of the Mormon tea and catclaw persist, particularly the Mormon tea in the left foreground, and there are now many barrel cacti, including a prominent individual in the center foreground, and brittlebush in the view.
Photo credit: Dave Edwards

Stake 1765a, 25 September 2010 View Larger Image
25 September 2010
The beaches are largely obscured by riparian vegetation two decades after the first match. In addition to tamarisk, seepwillow, desert broom, arrowweed, and waterweed are present in lesser amounts. The prominent Mormon tea in the lower left corner of the image has died back but remains alive, while the catclaw at lower right has grown. While some of the same barrel cacti remain after 19 years, there has been some death and recruitment. Brittlebush appears to have increased on the foreground slope.
Photo credit: John Mortimer

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