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Mile 130.4, Bedrock Rapid, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 2581)

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Stake 2581, 22 February 1890 View Larger Image
22 February 1890
This striking upstream view of Middle Granite Gorge was taken from a pegmatite terrace above the head of Bedrock Rapid. Barrel cacti, spiny brickellbush, Mormon tea, desert bedstraw, claretcup cactus, barrel cactus, and Utah agave grow on the steep rocky slope in the left foreground.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-571, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2581, 23 February 1992 View Larger Image
23 February 1992
Several of the individual plants persist, including Mormon tea, spiny brickellbush, desert bedstraw, and claretcup. Many of the same species are still in the area, although the overall plant cover has increased slightly.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

Stake 2581, 24 September 2010 View Larger Image
24 September 2010
The desert vegetation has changed little in the ensuing two decades, with the majority of the plants visible in the previous match having persisted. The water level in this image is lower than it was in the previous photographs, but the amount of sand present in the small beach at lower center has clearly increased and is anchored by a new growth of non-native tamarisk.
Photo credit: Clavey Wendt

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