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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 229.8, Colorado River, Downstream View from River Right (Stake 2619b)

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Stake 2619b, 12 March 1890 View Larger Image
12 March 1890
The most striking detail of this view is the sand deposits on the upper banks on both sides of the river, deposited during the annual floods of the pre-dam era. Above the sand deposits are shrubs on the slopes, which are unidentifiable and the only vegetation in the view. The cobbles that the camera is stationed on appear high and dry and devoid of vegetation.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-678, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2619b, 1 March 1992 View Larger Image
1 March 1992
The river is approximately 2 feet lower than in Stanton’s view, though the cobble bar has been reworked by the river and no rocks from 1890 are recognizable. The cobble bar is still not a host to riparian plants, owing at least in part to the high dam releases of the preceding decade. The high sand deposits on the banks are still present, though they are deflated and colonized by vegetation. The slopes above the sand deposits are dominated by brittlebush.
Photo credit: Ted Melis

Stake 2619b, 24 April 2011 View Larger Image
24 April 2011
Owing to the difficulties of matching on a cobble bar, the camera station is slightly off and is too far into the view. The river is higher, and the 1890 and 1992 camera stations are in the river. Many of the rocks present in 1992 are readily identifiable, despite 19 years of river reworking and the slight difference in the match. The sand deposits have been obscured by vegetation that has grown up since 1992, and the cobble bar has been colonized by riparian plants, mostly non-native tamarisk and native desert broom. Tamarisk dominates the river’s edge on both banks, and arrowweed has established on the upper slopes among the brittlebush, some of which appears to persist the intervening 19 years.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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