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Mile 2.9, Cathedral Wash, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 2300)

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Stake 2300, 28 December 1889 View Larger Image
28 December 1889
This upstream view shows the expedition’s wooden boats moored against the right bank in the center of the image. Mormon tea is the dominant plant in the left foreground, and a solitary plant appears in the foreground. A high river deposit sustains dense desert vegetation but is exposed as a flat surface in the left midground. Driftwood is present along the riverbank at lower right.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-271, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2300, 29 January 1991 View Larger Image
29 January 1991
The high deposits have eroded back in the left midground, and there appears to be less desert vegetation present on the channel banks. Several Mormon tea persist, particularly the individual in the immediately foreground. Riparian vegetation has increased along the formerly barren low channel banks, notably small tamarisk.
Photo credit: Ted Melis

Stake 2300, 15 September 2010 View Larger Image
15 September 2010
This match is from a slightly different position but shows the same features in A. and B. Erosion of the high deposit appears to have slowed. The Mormon tea in the immediate foreground persists, but a large tamarisk tree that may have been present in 1991 now dominates the left midground. Tamarisk, brickellbush, and arrowweed dominate the midground channel margins just upstream from the debris fan.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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