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Mile 212.5, Rapid 1, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 2908)

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Stake 2908, 31 May 1889 View Larger Image
31 May 1889
This downstream view shows Rapid 1, also known as Brown Betty Rapid because of a boating accident that the Brown-Stanton expedition had with their cook boat above this rapid. A grove of Utah juniper dominates the left midground, and netleaf hackberry are readily apparent on the right side of the river. A solitary desert barberry appears on the right side, and numerous Mormon tea and other desert shrubs appear throughout the foreground and midground.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-40, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2908, 28 March 1994 View Larger Image
28 March 1994
The juniper grove has died back, although some trees persist and a new Utah juniper is prominent to the right of the former stand. Numerous Mormon tea individuals persist in this view, as well as winterfat, several perennial grasses, netleaf hackberry, and desert barberry. Tamarisk has invaded the left side of Rapid 1, although the rapid remains visible. In the left foreground, a patch of biological soil crust appears to be much better developed than it was in 1889.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

Stake 2908, 30 July 2010 View Larger Image
30 July 2010
As in 1994, large numbers of desert shrubs are persistent in this view, and the juniper stand has died back more but individuals are still alive. Few perennial grasses persist from 1889 but several, including needle-and-thread, persist since 1994. The tamarisk have grown, obscuring the center of Rapid 1, but most of these trees are dead or dying because of the tamarisk leaf beetles that are now ubiquitous in Cataract Canyon. Patches of biological soil crusts, particularly in the left foreground, persist here despite considerable foot traffic associated with river runners and backpackers.
Photo credit: Steve Young

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