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Mile 214.3, Near Lower Red Lake Canyon, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 2624)

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Stake 2624, 31 May 1889 View Larger Image
31 May 1889
This downstream view on river left shows the short, right bend upstream from Spanish Bottom and the anhydrite dome at the mouth of Lower Red Lake Canyon (center). Missing emulsion on the paper-stripping negative mars the hillslope and cliffs on river right. The riparian trees along the river include netleaf hackberry (higher stature), desert olive (lower stature), and one boxelder tree in the distance. The desert vegetation includes Mormon tea among the rocks in the foreground and on the left, and saltbushes on the flatter and finer-grained sediments behind the riparian vegetation on the right. A patch of biological soil crust appears around and to the right of boulders in the center of the view.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-34, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2624, 22 July 1992 View Larger Image
22 July 1992
Numerous shrubs persist in the desert vegetation, including Mormon tea in the foreground and on the left side among the rocks, and four-wing saltbushes on the finer-grained soils. Tamarisk has joined the line of riparian vegetation, but netleaf hackberry and desert olive have persisted and are joined by a new boxelder in the distance. Along the far right bank, coyote willow has colonized the once barren banks, joined by tamarisk.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

Stake 2624, 30 July 2010 View Larger Image
30 July 2010
Tamarisk is dead or dying from tamarisk leaf beetles, and the mosaic of brown and green trees shows the non-native and native species here. Desert olive and netleaf hackberry, while sparse, continue to persist, and coyote willow on the far right bank has increased. Many of the foreground shrubs, including four-wing saltbush, Mormon tea, and shadscale, persist, but non-native annuals, including Russian thistle and brome grasses, are very common here. The patch of biological soil crust in the midground is more prominent, possibly because of recent rains.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

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