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Mile 176.0, Red Slide, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 1767a)

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Stake 1767a, 26 February 1890 View Larger Image
26 February 1890
The reach just upstream from Lava Falls Rapid has a number of interesting geomorphic features, ranging from pockets of relictual basalt to the remnant colluvial deposits known as Red Slide (upper left). Along with the colluvium, this view shows talus slopes and cliffs and the mouth of Cove Canyon in the distance. A few scattered pockets of sand line the opposite (right) shore. The foreground is largely dominated by desert broom. Two of the expedition’s boats are visible behind a boulder at lower center.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-614, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1767a, 19 February 1991 View Larger Image
19 February 1991
A debris flow sometime in the past century has deposited a pile of boulders in the foreground and midground. The water level is much lower as shown by the exposure of the boulders across the river in the center. Desert broom remains common here, along with creosotebush, catclaw, brittlebush, Anderson thornbush, Mormon tea, and various other shrubs and cacti.
Photo credit: Dave Edwards

Stake 1767a, 27 September 2010 View Larger Image
27 September 2010
The camera angle is slightly off, changing the perspective of the foreground; only the tip of the large white boulder in the foreground is visible in the 1991 view. The vegetation is leafed out in the warm season and appears to have grown in stature, with some of the catclaw, Anderson thornbush, creosotebush, and desert broom persisting since 1991. A few brittlebush now grow on the debris fan as well.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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