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Mile 41.3, Bert's Canyon, Upstream View from River Right (Stake 2865)

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Stake 2865, 16 January 1890 View Larger Image
16 January 1890
While Stanton took this view, the expedition crew members enjoyed the bright sunshine on a long, wide, sandbar just below what is now called Buck Farm Canyon. The small trees on the slope are probably mesquite, and a mesquite is just visible in the shadows at lower left.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-341, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2865, 10 September 1994 View Larger Image
10 September 1994
The camera station is at a canyon now called Bert’s Canyon in honor of Bert Loper, whose boat was found here in 1949 after the 79-year-old Loper died running 24.5-Mile Rapid. The sandbar is now much smaller, and is densely vegetated with a mixture of mesquite, tamarisk, arrowweed, and coyote willow. The distant debris fan, at the mouth of Buck Farm Canyon, is covered with small boulders from a recent debris flow. Plants on the foreground slope include mesquite, Mormon tea, grizzlybear pricklypear, and desert needlegrass, but we cannot know whether these plants persist because of the deep shadow in the original photograph. Biological soil crusts are prominent in the lower left of this view.
Photo credit: Richard Jackson

Stake 2865, 18 September 2010 View Larger Image
18 September 2010
The vegetation both on the foreground slope and along the river corridor is larger and thicker. Short-lived shrubs such as snakeweed have increased in density, and beavertail pricklypear persist the intervening 16 years and have grown larger. Trampling in the foreground, possibly by deer, has decreased the extent of the biological soil crusts, but some dense patches persist.  
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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