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Mile 51.5, Upstream from Little Nankoweap Creek, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 2312b)

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Stake 2312b, 17 January 1890 View Larger Image
17 January 1890
This view, taken on a cloudy day, has an evenness of tone that could not be achieved in either of the matches. The foreground slope, containing boulders and rocks from an old debris flow, dominates this view, and the debris fan at left center has a dense cover of catclaw. Desert vegetation includes Mormon tea, Anderson thornbush, Engelmann’s pricklypear, and grizzlybear pricklypear, with a dense stand of mesquite present in the left center of the image. An eddy system ringed with open sand appears in the center midground.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-352, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2312b, 24 February 1993 View Larger Image
24 February 1993
The debris flow is unchanged in the intervening century, and the once open sandbars are mostly colonized with riparian vegetation. Most of the riparian vegetation is tamarisk, which lines the river corridor. Most of the Mormon tea and Anderson thornbush persist the intervening 103 years. Some of the mesquite appear to have died, while pricklypears are present in the same locations as before. Overall, the number of cacti has increased, with hedgehogs and cottontop cacti present in this view. Other shrubs apparently new to the view include brittlebush and four-wing saltbush.
Photo credit: Tom Wise

Stake 2312b, 18 September 2010 View Larger Image
18 September 2010
The debris fan is unchanged, and many of the desert plants persist the ensuing the 17 years between matches. The riparian vegetation in the center of the image appears to have increased, virtually eliminating the open sandbars. Catclaw persists on the debris fan in the left midground. 
Photo credit: John Mortimer

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