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Mile 205.0, Opposite Range Canyon, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 1785b)

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Stake 1785b, 7 June 1889 View Larger Image
7 June 1889
This upstream view shows the mouth of an unnamed canyon that some call False Range because some who aren’t well acquainted with Cataract Canyon might confuse it for the real thing after the long row across what is known as Lake Cataract. This view show desert and riparian vegetation in this reach, including a line of netleaf hackberry trees. As was often the case, Nims took both an upstream and a downstream view from one location (see Stake 1785a).
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-66, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1785b, 24 July 1991 View Larger Image
24 July 1991
There is little change in the foreground hillslope over the past century. As a result, numerous persistent desert shrubs can be identified, especially Mormon tea and desert barberry. Several netleaf hackberry trees persist along the left bank (closest to the camera station). Dense to scattered tamarisk has become established along the near and far bank, as well as the less obvious coyote willow and other native riparian species.
Photo credit: Ted Melis

Stake 1785b, 1 August 2010 View Larger Image
1 August 2010
Summer rainfall at the time of this match caused a small flash flood in False Range Canyon, and the Colorado River is red from local sediment injected upstream by other little floods. Mormon tea and desert barberry continue to persist, and individuals of other species, notably rubber rabbitbrush, persist over the last 19 years. Netleaf hackberry trees persist, and new plants were observed in this reach but are too small to be clearly visible in this match. Tamarisk is dying because of the tamarisk leaf beetle, and native riparian species are increasing along both shorelines.
Photo credit: Steve Young

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