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Mile 10.3, 10-Mile Rock, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 2302b)

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Stake 2302b, 30 December 1889 View Larger Image
30 December 1889
Nims took this photograph mid-day with the sun in the upper left of his view, and he used his arm to shade the lens against the sun. An outcrop of Hermit Shale is present in the midground left. Soap Creek is the right side tributary in the distance as the river makes a left bend. The river banks are largely barren with large patches of exposed sand, including a sandbar exposed along the river in the midground. The dominant plant in the foreground is Mormon tea with scattered grasses and shadscale.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-281, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2302b, 30 January 1991 View Larger Image
30 January 1991
Some of the Mormon teas persist. Other plants identified in 1991 include beavertail pricklypear, mesa dropseed, and shadscale. A portion of the cliff face visible in the upper right of the image has flaked off, and the sandbars appear to be smaller than they were a century before. Tamarisk lines the river corridor where the banks formerly were barren, but the midground sandbar remains.
Photo credit: Ted Melis

Stake 2302b, 15 September 2010 View Larger Image
15 September 2010
The camera station is too far into the view, but this does not change the view of various features present in 1889 and 1991. Tamarisk now occupies nearly all the exposed sand on the channel banks, but that midground sandbar is still present but may be smaller. Mormon tea still persists in the view.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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