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Mile 17.0, House Rock Rapid, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 2071)

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Stake 2071, 11 July 1889 View Larger Image
11 July 1889
When Nims took this photograph from the shade of an alcove, a large sandbar, devoid of vegetation, dominated the view of the lower part of House Rock Rapid. The expedition’s boats are visible near the center of the image. At this discharge, about 5,000 ft3/s, the rapid was wide with few visible waves near its bottom.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-293, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2071, 1 January 1992 View Larger Image
1 January 1992
Sometime in the 103 years between photographs, a large rockfall occurred, changing the foreground and burying the camera station, making an exact match impossible. The rapid has changed considerably, although the magnitude of the change is not obvious from this match. The hole at lower left in House Rock Rapid is apparent as a white streak in the river at right. The large sandbar is almost entirely removed, and a variety of vegetation, including longleaf brickellbush, desert broom, prince’s plume, grasses, and non-native tamarisk, has become established among the rocks.
Photo credit: Jim Hasbargen

Stake 2071, 16 September 2010 View Larger Image
16 September 2010
In the eighteen years since the first match, many of the individual shrubs have become much larger, and many new longleaf brickellbush have become established in the foreground. Tamarisk is much more prominent on the debris fan in the midground, in part because more are present and in part because the trees are leafed out in this late-summer view.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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