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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 44.6, Below Eminence Camp, Downstream View from River Right (Stake 2732)

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Stake 2732, 17 January 1890 View Larger Image
17 January 1890
This murky view, taken from a talus slope, overlooks a riffle and debris fan below the Eminence Break. Part of the now heavily used Eminence Camp appears at left center. The debris fan contains several large expanses of sand, and no vegetation. Several mesquite grow in the center foreground, along with beavertail pricklypear, Mormon tea, and Anderson thornbush. Biological soil crusts occur on the bare ground at lower right.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-347, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2732, 23 February 1993 View Larger Image
23 February 1993
The poor quality of the original made for a difficult match, but many changes can still be detected. Most of the mesquite have persisted the century, as have Anderson thornbush and some of the Mormon tea. Pricklypear is present, and the biological soil crusts are more apparent at lower right. The large sandbar on the debris fan on river left (left side) has been eroded, and tamarisk now grows on its downstream end as well in the far left foreground.
Photo credit: Tom Wise

Stake 2732, 18 September 2010 View Larger Image
18 September 2010
Many of the mesquite continue to persist, but they are dying back, probably in response to the lowered water levels in the Colorado River. Anderson thornbush and Mormon tea present at the time of Stanton’s photograph persist, and the pricklypear growing in the right foreground persists from 1993. The biological soil crusts appear to have diminished but are still present. Tamarisk has increased in density and number on both sides of the river, and the sandbar juts further out, possibly an artifact of lower river flows at this time.
Photo credit: Bill Lemke

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