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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 229.0, Travertine Canyon, Up Canyon View from River Left (Stake 2618)

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Stake 2618, 12 March 1890 View Larger Image
12 March 1890
In Travertine Canyon, a short distance from the Colorado River in western Grand Canyon, the walls narrow and the creek cascades down the slick face in a refreshing waterfall. Travertine Creek has downcut through a massive travertine deposit, and this view shows part of the short narrow slot canyon. There is not much flow over the gravelly canyon floor in Stanton’s view, but water cascades down the left side of the back wall. No vegetation appears in this section of the canyon.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-676, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2618, 29 February 1992 View Larger Image
29 February 1992
Travertine Canyon’s walls are unchanged in the 102 years since Stanton’s visit, and the flow in 1992 was very similar to that of the original. High-flow events and flash floods continue to make this section inhospitable to vegetation, but sediment deposited during episodic flash floods is apparent along the base of the right canyon wall.
Photo credit: Ted Melis

Stake 2618, 23 April 2011 View Larger Image
23 April 2011
Flow from the waterfall has moved to the right side of the rock face and pooling has occurred along the wall at right center. Flow is more substantial than in 1992 and 1890, and the base of the left wall has been scoured. In the center of the view a small ledge has been exposed by erosion, creating another very small waterfall in this canyon.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

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