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Mile 213.4, Near Lower Red Lake Canyon, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 2622)

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Stake 2622, 31 May 1889 View Larger Image
31 May 1889
This view shows the flanks of the anhydrite diapir at Lower Red Lake Canyon on the right. This diapir is called the Prommel Dome, named after a petroleum geologist who visited the area in the 1920s. River crossings have also occurred nearby as the drainage provides a route out of this Colorado River gorge. One such river crossing occurred in the 1890s to ford cattle stolen by Butch Cassidy and the Robber’s Roost gang. The dense riparian vegetation along the left side of the view (river left) appears to be desert olive, a native species, and a few cottonwood trees are apparent on river right at the left edge of the view. The clearly identifiable shrubs on the slopes of the diaper are saltbushes, both four-wing saltbush and shadscale.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-32, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2622, 22 July 1992 View Larger Image
22 July 1992
The camera station is an unstable slope just below the major river-left hiking trail. In July 1989, hikers from Lower Red Lake Canyon accidentally set fire to a tamarisk thicket. The fire spread upstream on the left bank of the Colorado River, shown here in the foreground, before jumping across the river and then burning downstream through the dense riparian vegetation of Spanish Bottom. Fires due to human negligence along the Green and Colorado Rivers have decimated cottonwood stands, but they also appear to have killed the saltbushes on the slope of the diapir. Seepweed appears in the center foreground with non-native cheatgrass, Russian thistle, and tamarisk.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

Stake 2622, 30 July 2010 View Larger Image
30 July 2010
The instability in the slope hinders an accurate match and removed the camera-station marker. The large, dead cottonwood has fallen over, and its stump is still visible. Seepweed is the dominant plant in the foreground, along with the annual and non-native Russian thistle; the slopes of the diapir once again have both species of saltbush. The coyote willows at left have grown considerably, the burned desert olive have regrown, and many of the tamarisks behind these native species have been killed by tamarisk leaf beetles.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

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