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Mile 205.0, Opposite Range Canyon, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 1785a)

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Stake 1785a, 7 June 1889 View Larger Image
7 June 1889
This downstream view is across the head of Rapid 13, the most minor of the rapids in the Mile Long Rapid complex. A discharge of around 40,000 ft3/s covers the extensive debris fan extending out from the mouth of Range Canyon, which appears on the extreme right side across the river. The desert vegetation in the foreground consists mostly of Mormon tea with scattered desert barberry and perennial grasses. A clump of hackberry trees is visible at right center. As was often the case, Nims took both an upstream and a downstream view from one location (see Stake 1785b).
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-78, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1785a, 24 July 1991 View Larger Image
24 July 1991
Numerous Mormon tea persist, as do individuals of several species of perennial grass and at least two individuals of desert barberry. Several netleaf hackberry trees that line the left side of the river persist, new individuals have grown up, and what may be a new line of coyote willow, mixed with non-native tamarisk, appears just downslope. The blackened soil surface in the left foreground are biological soil crusts, which appear in the same location as a blackened surface in the grainy 1889 view.
Photo credit: Ted Melis

Stake 1785a, 1 August 2010 View Larger Image
1 August 2010
Little has changed in the desert vegetation of this view, although several perennial grass clumps have died. The netleaf hackberry trees mostly persist with many new individuals present but not visible in the view. Dead and dying tamarisk trees stand in contrast to the thriving netleaf hackberry trees upslope of the Range Canyon debris fan. The biological soil crust in the left foreground appears to be more prominent, but this could partially be explained by recent summer rainfall.
Photo credit: Steve Young

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