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Mile 31.5, South Canyon, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 2526)

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Stake 2526, 17 July 1889 View Larger Image
17 July 1889
The rocks at the mouth of South Canyon are visible in front of the Brown-Stanton boats tied up along the beach. On this, the final day of the Brown-Stanton expedition, the men cached supplies in a nearby alcove, giving Nims ample time to capture several views of the canyon. The water level was approximately 20,000 to 30,000 ft3/s at the time of this view.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-325, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2526, 2 January 1992 View Larger Image
2 January 1992
A debris flow in the years between photographs has drastically altered the foreground of the view, and this combined with a much lower water level creates a view with far more exposed ground than in the original view. Marsh-type vegetation, including willows in the left foreground and tamarisk in the left midground, is now present.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

Stake 2526, 17 September 2010 View Larger Image
17 September 2010
A thick growth of riparian vegetation obscures much of the previous view, making an exact match impossible to achieve. Seepwillow grows in scattered clumps on the active channel bars, while a mixture of tamarisk and seepwillow lines the channel.
Photo credit: Stephen Kenney

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