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Mile 211.2, Downstream from Rapid 3, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 2628)

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Stake 2628, 3 June 1889 View Larger Image
3 June 1889
This view is taken from river left on the edge of an extremely large eddy between Rapids 3 and 4. The channel bank is mostly barren downslope of scattered individuals of netleaf hackberry with desert barberry and singleleaf ash that are slightly upslope. Driftwood collects at this part of the eddy, and one of the Brown-Stanton crew is kneeling on a boulder in the center of the view.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-84, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2628, 23 July 1992 View Larger Image
23 July 1992
This view was taken at a much lower discharge in the Colorado River, and the river bank is densely vegetated with a number of riparian species, including non-native tamarisk, coyote willow, and longleaf brickellbush. A debris flow from the unnamed canyon to the left deposited a coarse cobble-boulder surface that is just visible in the left midground. Several individuals of netleaf hackberry, desert barberry, and singleleaf ash persist in the view, but the desert barberry individual on the left side of the view is new. Robert Webb is kneeling on the same boulder as the crewman in 1889.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

Stake 2628, 31 July 2010 View Larger Image
31 July 2010
This view is from a slightly different position but shows the same plants and rocks as the original two matches. Netleaf hackberry, singleleaf ash, and desert barberry continue to persist, and the new plant on the left side has grown. The riparian vegetation continues to thrive, most notably the coyote willow at right center, and the tamarisk that is prominent at left center is probably dead, another victim of the tamarisk leaf beetle. Webb stands downslope from the rock he knelt upon in 1992.
Photo credit: Steve Young

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