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Mile 215.0, Downstream from the Confluence, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 2430)

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Stake 2430, 31 May 1889 View Larger Image
31 May 1889
This downstream view from the top of a large boulder shows surveyors at work on a bottomland on the left side of Cataract Canyon. This bottomland mostly has saltbushes and seepweed, and biological soil crusts are prominent throughout the foreground. The riparian vegetation, which appears dark in this grainy image, is mostly desert olive with some netleaf hackberry.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-33, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2430, 15 October 1999 View Larger Image
15 October 1999
Rockfalls have strewn new boulders throughout the view, most notably in the immediate foreground. Considerable turnover has occurred in the desert vegetation, notably in the saltbushes and seepweed, and the biological soil crusts are not prominent but are clearly present. The desert olives have persisted as a stand, although individuals are difficult to discern with species such as this that sprout from below ground. A new boxelder appears on the right side of the view. John Weisheit occupies the approximate position as one of the Brown-Stanton surveyors.
Photo credit: Dominic Oldershaw

Stake 2430, 29 July 2010 View Larger Image
29 July 2010
The turnover in desert vegetation has continued, particularly in the saltbushes and seepweed. The desert olive stand and scattered netleaf hackberry continue to persist, and the boxelder has survived the intervening 13 years. The biological soil crusts are more prominent in this match, in part because rainfall has recently occurred. Robert Webb occupies the same position as Weisheit did 11 years before.
Photo credit: Helen A. Raichle

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