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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 207.1, Rapid 11, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 2918)

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Stake 2918, 6 June 1889 View Larger Image
6 June 1889
The Brown-Stanton Expedition paused at this site to dry their gear and reload boats before rowing down a quiet stretch now informally called “Lake Cataract.” This downstream view shows coyote willow on a long sandbar.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-62, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2918, 30 March 1994 View Larger Image
30 March 1994
The channel of the Colorado River has shifted more than 200 feet to the right of the former camera position. Debris flows from tributaries just upstream and at Rapid 12 constricted the river upstream and downstream from this camera station and moved the river channel away from the former beach. The camera position in 1994 is too low because the surface of the former beach has lowered. The coyote willow on the former river banks has been replaced with non-native tamarisk and native rabbitbrush, four-wing saltbush, desert olive, and prince’s plume. One new cottonwood is obscured behind the dense vegetation.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

Stake 2918, 12 June 2002 View Larger Image
12 June 2002
Although some of the rubber rabbitbrush in the foreground have died back, revealing more of the background, little real change has occurred in this view in the intervening 8 years.
Photo credit: Dominic Oldershaw

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