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Mile 3.5, 3-Mile Bar, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 2603a)

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Stake 2603a, 26 December 1889 View Larger Image
26 December 1889
Nims photographed this upstream view to show the type of excavation in cliffs that would be required to construct a railroad through the lower parts of Glen Canyon. The slope on which the camera is stationed is partially covered with shrubs, but frequent floods prevent vegetation from becoming established on the large sand bar on river right.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-246, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2603a, 11 February 1992 View Larger Image
11 February 1992
As a result of livestock grazing, vegetative cover has decreased, notably with perennial grasses. A pricklypear remains in the center foreground, and more individuals of this species have appeared on the slopes. The sand on the right bank has been eroded, but the sandbar in the river bend has been changed very little despite some colonization by riparian vegetation. Rockfalls and slides have occurred on the right side of the view, depositing more scree and talus the foot of the walls.
Photo credit: Tom Wise

Stake 2603a, 20 April 2011 View Larger Image
20 April 2011
Riparian vegetation on the sandbar has increased, notably at the edge of the river where tamarisk, pricklypear, Russian knapweed, and Mormon tea persist. The amount of vegetative cover on the slope at right is about the same. In front of the camera station, three pricklypear individuals and a Mormon tea persist from 1992.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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