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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 229.8, Colorado River, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 2619a)

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Stake 2619a, 12 March 1890 View Larger Image
12 March 1890
The expedition pulled into a debris bar downstream from Travertine Canyon to take upstream and downstream photographs of this section of Grand Canyon. Stanton’s camera station is close to the center of the river in this view; the debris bar extends out from the bank on river right and is emergent at this water level, which is around 10,000 cfs.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-677, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2619a, 1 March 1992 View Larger Image
1 March 1992
The debris bar that the camera station is on is devoid of vegetation in 1992 and has been reworked by the river, but the debris fan upstream in the center of the view on the right bank appears unchanged. After the high dam releases of the mid-1980s, riparian vegetation, including non-native tamarisk, has not reestablished along the river corridor in significant quantity in this reach.
Photo credit: Ted Melis

Stake 2619a, 24 April 2011 View Larger Image
24 April 2011
The water level is higher than in 1992, making it extremely difficult to occupy the same camera station, and the match is slightly too far to the left and too far back. Tamarisk is scattered throughout the foreground, emerging from the rising river. On the cliff face to the left, barrel cactus and brittlebush appear, and seepwillow and phragmites are growing at the water’s edge.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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