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Mile 210.2, Bottom of Rapid 5, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 2712)

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Stake 2712, 4 June 1889 View Larger Image
4 June 1889
This grainy photograph shows the reach downstream from Rapid 5 and the flimsy boats of the Brown-Stanton expedition pulled up in a little cove. The pile of boulders is from a debris flow out of a small gully to the left that occurred at some unknown time before this expedition arrived. The line of netleaf hackberry on river right shows up prominently against the boulders and sand, and a couple of hackberry trees can be discerned in the shadows on the left.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-53, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2712, 23 July 1992 View Larger Image
23 July 1992
A debris flow has altered the foreground and pushed the river banks to the right, leading to the creation of a new sandbar that the boat is parked against. Across the river, the major camping beach below Rapid 5 is prominent below the line of netleaf hackberry trees, more than ten of which are persistent. Several other hackberry trees on the left side also persist, and new individuals are noticeable in the immediate left foreground. Finally, Mormon tea on the left slope persist the intervening 103 years.
Photo credit: Gary B. Bolton

Stake 2712, 31 July 2010 View Larger Image
31 July 2010
The sandbar is much larger owing to seasonal variation in bar building and destruction. One of the foreground tamarisk trees (left) appears to be dead and the other (right) has been partially defoliated by tamarisk leaf beetles. Similarly, dead tamarisk trees appear on the sand bar across the river, standing in contrast with the netleaf hackberry trees that continue to persist. In the foreground, several short-lived species, notably rubber rabbitbrush, have persisted the intervening 18 years despite a regional drought.
Photo credit: Steve Young

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