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Mile 207.0, Rapid 12, Downstream View from River Left (Stake 3069)

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Stake 3069, 6 June 1889 View Larger Image
6 June 1889
Franklin Nims often climbed to capture long views of the canyon, as exemplified by this downstream view across from Rapid 12. The river is at a discharge of about 40,000 ft3/s. To reach this camera station, Nims and his assistant had to walk up a gypsum plug through dense biological soil crusts. Their trail to the camera station appears in the foreground.
Photo credit: Franklin A. Nims, 57-RS-63, courtesy of The National Archives

Stake 3069, 5 June 1993 View Larger Image
5 June 1993
The river is flowing at about 70,000 ft3/s, which is considerably higher than the level in 1889. There are nine persistent Mormon tea plants, seven persistent shadscale, two new cottonwoods, and many non-native tamarisks. The trail Nims probably started is also apparent in the foreground of this view and is still used by river runners to access and interpret the low anhydrite dome. The channel of the unnamed tributary at the base of the hill is now braided because of debris-flow activity. New debris flows from the canyon at Rapid 12 have deposited many large boulders in the lower left and center parts of this view. The island that previously was in the eddy below Rapid 12 has become attached to the bank because the eddy at lower left that appears in the 1889 view has been filled in.
Photo credit: Robert H. Webb

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