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Mile 0.2, upstream from the Confluence, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 2428)

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Stake 2428, 30 May 1889 View Larger Image
30 May 1889
This view from the left bank shows the Confluence in the distance. This view, Nims’ first that shows the proposed railroad route, shows a place where the boulder-strewn slope meets the fine-grained bottomland, and the desert vegetation here reflects those edaphic conditions. Mormon tea is scattered through the rocks, while various species of saltbushes grow in the fine-grained soil and behind a line of riparian species, which are a combination of netleaf hackberry and desert olive. One peachleaf willow tree is just visible in the center. Across the river, boxelders grow behind the native species that line the banks well above water level, which is high in this view.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-24, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2428, 24 March 1997 View Larger Image
24 March 1997
A small debris flow from the Honaker Trail Formation cliffs to the left has crossed the foreground, adding to and changing the configuration of rocks in the foreground. Despite the substrate changes, several Mormon tea and numerous four-wing saltbush plants persist in the view, and perennial grasses, including needle-and-thread and Indian ricegrass, are present but probably not persistent from 1889. The riparian zone is dominated by non-native tamarisk, although netleaf hackberry, desert olive, and coyote willow are also present; boxelders are scattered along the banks, and the peachleaf willow persists.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

Stake 2428, 28 July 2010 View Larger Image
28 July 2010
The tamarisk are dead or dying from the infestation of tamarisk leaf beetles, which were deliberately released as a control measure for this non-native species more than 50 miles upstream. Shrubs and some perennial grasses persist despite the regional drought, and no new debris flows have occurred, lending stability to the desert ecosystem here in contrast to the riparian zone. A few grizzlybear pricklypear cacti are now apparent in the view.
Photo credit: Helen A. Raichle

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