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Stanton Repeat Photography

Mile 234.4, Colorado River, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 3056)

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Stake 3056, 13 March 1890 View Larger Image
13 March 1890
Stanton continued to document his proposed railroad route by taking upstream and downstream photographs in every river bend. His camera station sits on a sandy terrace strewn with driftwood in this downstream view. Anchored in the rocks to the left of center, catclaw, toothleaf goldeneye, and bastardsage can be readily identified.
Photo credit: Robert B. Stanton, 57-RS-686, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 3056, 15 March 1993 View Larger Image
15 March 1993
During the intervening 103 years, most of the sand has been eroded from this terrace, exposing the rocks beneath. The driftwood has been swept from the view, possibly as recently as the large dam release of 1983. Vegetation has become established, with sweetbush and more bastardsage in the foreground. The catclaw, toothleaf goldeneye, and bastardsage persist on the left wall.
Photo credit: Liz Hymans

Stake 3056, 24 April 2011 View Larger Image
24 April 2011
Little erosion has taken place in the intervening 18 years, as evident by the development of biological soil crusts in the foreground. The catclaw and bastardsage still persist from 1890 on the left wall, and the foreground is dominated by sweetbush. The bastardsage at the left edge of the foreground persists from 1992 as does the adjacent slender poreleaf.
Photo credit: Steve Tharnstrom

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