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Mile 215.2, Upstream from Three Springs Canyon, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 2009a)

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Stake 2009a, 1 March 1890 View Larger Image
1 March 1890
Not far upstream from Three Springs Rapid in western Grand Canyon, Stanton took this view in a river bend to gain the greatest amount of coverage of the river corridor where his railroad would one day, in his planning, pass through Grand Canyon. This view shows mesquite and creosotebush in the foreground and a slope with ocotillo in the right midground. Three sand bars, barren of vegetation, appear in the view.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-650, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2009a, 24 February 1991 View Larger Image
24 February 1991
A century later, the mesquite and creosotebush have persisted, and brittlebush is also visible in the foreground. Ocotillo continue to mantle the slopes in the right midground. The sandbars are now densely covered by grasses, mostly non-native Bermuda grass.
Photo credit: Dave Edwards

Stake 2009a, 29 September 2010 View Larger Image
29 September 2010
The mesquite, leafed out in the warm season, and creosotebush remain in the foreground, and the ocotillos are mostly still present in the right midground. The sandbars now sustain thick growths of tamarisk in addition to the Bermuda grass.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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