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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 242.5, Below 241-Mile Rapid, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 1929)

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Stake 1929, 11 March 1890 View Larger Image
11 March 1890
Downstream from Separation Rapid, a difficult reach of whitewater whose difficulty was exaggerated by Powell, Stanton personally needed to dry off following a swim in its tailwaters. 241-Mile Rapid was still a significant rapid but nothing compared to either Separation or Lava Cliff Rapids. Stanton’s camera station is on a rock shelf above the river. The right bank shows signs of rockslides and falls from the cliffs above, as evident from the large, rectangular boulders near the water’s edge.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-700, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1929, 11 March 1998 View Larger Image
11 March 1998
The original camera station is inundated by Lake Mead, and this match was taken from the boat using a 35 mm camera. Vegetation has colonized the water’s edge at the right foreground. The background limestone cliffs and slopes remain unchanged.
Photo credit: Dominic Oldershaw

Stake 1929, 25 April 2011 View Larger Image
25 April 2011
A digital single-lens reflex camera was used to match this view from a boat. Lake level is lower than in 1998, exposing more deltaic deposits in the foreground and allowing more vegetation to become established.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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