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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 202.2, Colorado River, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 2007)

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Stake 2007, 28 February 1890 View Larger Image
28 February 1890
Stanton hiked to the top of a stabilized sand dune to take this view, which looks upstream at a gravel bar in the foreground, columnar basalt at left, and sandbars lining the river corridor. In the foreground, creosotebush, mesquite, perennial grasses, and pricklypear are the dominant plants. The vegetation growing along the high-water line at the center of the image is probably a combination of mesquite and catclaw.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-636, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2007, 22 February 1991 View Larger Image
22 February 1991
Around the time of Stanton’s visit, populations of feral burros, which had either escaped from or were released by miners, became established in Grand Canyon, including one group in the lower canyon. They were not eradicated until the 1980s. The foreground vegetation shows signs of having been both trampled and grazed, and desiccated burro dung was found near the camera station. The foreground vegetation has undergone considerable turnover, although the species composition is similar, with the exception of the perennial grasses which are no longer present. The old high-water line across the river in the midground and background remains prominent.
Photo credit: Dave Edwards

Stake 2007,  29 September 2010 View Larger Image
29 September 2010
A number of the same foreground plants present two decades before persist, although the Engelmann pricklypear has died back considerably. Perennial grasses have increased on the foreground slope, and those with a general straw-yellow cast are dead red brome, a non-native winter annual. The gravel bar at right midground is now partially vegetated with brickellbush and seepwillow. Riparian vegetation has also increased on the beaches lining the river corridor in a combination of native species with non-native tamarisk. The old high-water line appears to be locally disintegrating, although some segments remain dense with native mesquite and catclaw.
Photo credit: John Mortimer

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