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Mile 210.7, Rapid 5, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 2916)

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Stake 2916, 4 June 1889 View Larger Image
4 June 1889
This downstream view shows Rapid 5 in Cataract Canyon, essentially fast water at this discharge of about 40,000 ft3/s. Large netleaf hackberry trees are present along the river in the foreground, and many other trees are on both banks in the distance. The feathery looking shrubs along the rocky slope at left are winterfat, and numerous Mormon tea individuals are apparent in the same area. The distorted and out-of-focus object blocking the immediate foreground is probably the stage to Nims’ camera, which he uncharacteristically failed to lower before taking this image with his wide-angle lens.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-69, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2916, 30 March 1994 View Larger Image
30 March 1994
The larger of the two obvious netleaf hackberry trees in the foreground has died, and a tree-ring analysis of the stump indicates the tree germinated around 1735. Other hackberry trees persist in the view, and new individuals are also apparent in the right foreground. A number of Mormon tea and winterfat individuals have persisted the 105 years between these views. The prominent sandbar on river right, submerged in 1889, is one of the two heavily used camping beaches below Rapid 5.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

Stake 2916, 31 July 2010 View Larger Image
31 July 2010
This view is slightly behind the original camera station but shows the same rocks, shrubs, and trees as the original and first match. The young netleaf hackberry individuals at right center persist from 1994 and have grown, and most of the individuals alive in 1994 are still alive throughout the view. Tamarisk on both sides of the river are dead or dying, although some individuals behind the beach on river right remain quite green and healthy looking. The sandbar on river right is smaller than it was in 1994, but this sandbar and others in Cataract Canyon undergo very large annual changes owing to deposition during the spring/summer flood and subsequent erosion during the summer and fall.
Photo credit: Steve Young

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