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USGS NRP Tucson: Landscape Change in the Southwest

Changes in Riparian Vegetation in Arizona

Salt River Near Chrysotile (09497500), October 25, 2000

Salt River Near Chrysotile (09497500), October 25, 2000.
Dominic Oldershaw, Stake 363 The water level is only slightly higher than in 1964. In the intervening 35 years, two floods exceeded 70,000 ft3/s and four have exceeded 50,000 ft3/s. Despite these floods, riparian vegetation along the banks has increased, particularly non-native tamarisk. The palm trees have grown considerably.

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