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Mile 2.9, Cathedral Wash, Downstream View from River Right (Stake 2301)

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Stake 2301, 28 May 1889 View Larger Image
28 May 1889
When the Brown-Stanton Expedition pulled in at Cathedral Wash for one of their first photographs after leaving Lee’s Ferry, Nims set up on some eroded blocks of Kaibab limestone just upstream from the canyon and riffle. Sand filled the spaces within the rocks on the debris fan. The riffle is blurred by the long exposure. Mormon tea is present in the right midground.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-272, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2301, 29 January 1991 View Larger Image
29 January 1991
The sand patches within the rocks on the debris fan have deflated or have been removed, in part because of floods from Cathedral Wash to the right. The persistent Mormon tea are perched on hummocks, and snakeweed is a new arrival in the desert vegetation. Tamarisk and brickellbush now grow among the rocks at left midground. Very few of the rocks on the debris fan have moved.
Photo credit: Ted Melis

Stake 2301, 15 September 2010 View Larger Image
15 September 2010
Riparian vegetation has increased on the debris fan, including increased size of existing tamarisk trees as well as infilling and stabilization of the remaining sand with other native and non-native species. A low-stage sandbar along the river is exposed because of low water (8,000 ft3/s) and following summer runoff in the Paria River.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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