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Mile 204.3, Rapid 17, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 2633)

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Stake 2633, 8 June 1889 View Larger Image
8 June 1889
This downstream view unfortunately has considerable damage to the original emulsion that resulted from problems with the paper-stripping negative. The Button, a landmark that heralds the Big Drop series of rapids, appears on the right-center skyline. Although some whitewater from the tailwaves of Rapid 17 appear in the river, this view mostly shows considerable desert vegetation and a line of netleaf hackberry on the left bank of the river.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-80, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2633, 24 July 1992 View Larger Image
24 July 1992
The above-river landscape is extremely stable, with numerous Mormon tea and netleaf hackberry persistent in the view. Tamarisk has joined the hackberry in forming a near-continuous but narrow line of riparian vegetation in this reach. Numerous clumps of perennial grasses are present in the foreground.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

Stake 2633, 1 August 2010 View Larger Image
1 August 2010
The Mormon tea and netleaf hackberry generally persist, but the tamarisk is mostly dead owing to the impact of the tamarisk leaf beetles. Some perennial grasses, notably needle-and-thread, have persisted the intervening 18 years despite a severe regional drought.
Photo credit: Steve Young

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