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Mile 141.7, Below 141-Mile Rapid, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 2548)

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Stake 2548, 24 February 1890 View Larger Image
24 February 1890
Half a mile below 141-Mile Rapid, Stanton captured this view from an unstable talus slope on a sunny afternoon. Mormon tea and three-awn grass are the dominant plants, with some catclaw present in the small drainages leading from the cliffs of Redwall Limestone and Muav Limestone that line the narrow canyon in this reach. Mesquite is also likely present in the old high-water line above the river, although it is not obvious in this view.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-595, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2548, 25 February 1992 View Larger Image
25 February 1992
Many of the Mormon tea, catclaw, and three-awn have persisted the century, and it appears that plants now obviously mesquite persists as well. There are many new additional catclaw present, including one on the downslope end of a rectangular slab of rock in the left midground. Other plants include spiny brickellbush and brittlebush. A small debris flow has added a pile of boulders at the center of the midground. Tamarisk is growing along both shorelines but is mostly leafless in this wintertime view.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

Stake 2548, 25 September 2010 View Larger Image
25 September 2010
The catclaw and tamarisk, which are leafed out in the warm season, are more readily apparent than they were in the 1992 image, but individuals of these species appear to have increased in number and size. Many of the Mormon tea that were present in 1890 persist, and individuals of big galleta grass have persisted since the original match in 1992.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

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