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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 246.0, Spencer Canyon, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 1934)

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Stake 1934, 11 March 1890 View Larger Image
11 March 1890
Spencer Canyon once formed the fearsome Lava Cliff Rapid, which was both difficult to run and dangerous to portage. While pulled in on the left bank upstream from this canyon mouth, Stanton took this photograph showing largely barren channel banks and walls. Two of his boats are parked in the center foreground, giving a scale as to the size of the rocks making up the left bank of the river.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-705, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 1934, 11 March 1998 View Larger Image
11 March 1998
Lake Mead, impounded by Hoover Dam, finally reached this part of western Grand Canyon in the late 1930s, eliminating the rapid and creating a new riparian zone at the lake level. This match was taken with a hand-held 35mm camera from a boat.
Photo credit: Dominic Oldershaw

Stake 1934, 25 April 2011 View Larger Image
25 April 2011
This view was taken from the boat by hand-held digital single-lens reflex camera. The level of Lake Mead had dropped from 1998, responding to reduced inflow during the early 21st century drought, then stabilized, and non-native tamarisk and native seepwillow flourished along the newly exposed banks.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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