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Mile 204.4, Rapid 16, Upstream View from River Left (Stake 2919)

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Stake 2919, 8 June 1889 View Larger Image
8 June 1889
Franklin Nims took this view to show the proposed railroad route on the left side of Cataract Canyon in Mile Long Rapid. The photograph shows one of the numerous tributary channels that enter the Colorado River in this reach, and one of the most dangerous rapids – Rapid 15 or Capsize Rapid – is just visible upstream in a little bend. Numerous Mormon tea are growing within the rocky debris fan, and netleaf hackberry trees grow along both shorelines.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-42, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 2919, 31 March 1994 View Larger Image
31 March 1994
The most striking feature of this photo match is the lack of change in desert vegetation over the intervening century. Eighteen Mormon tea plants are still present from the time that Nims took his photo and only two new ones were found. The number of netleaf hackberry trees has increased from two to five, a typical increase in the fast-water section of Cataract Canyon. Most of the rocks in the view are unchanged.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

Stake 2919, 1 August 2010 View Larger Image
1 August 2010
The desert vegetation continues to show little change despite the prevailing drought conditions of the previous decade. Many Mormon tea plants persist along with some desert barberry, and several rubber rabbitbrush persist over the previous 16 years. Although most of the netleaf hackberry trees persist, one of them, just to the left of the two figures in the center of the photo, has died. The tamarisk at left center is either dying or dead due to tamarisk leaf beetles.
Photo credit: Steve Young

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