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Changes in Riparian Vegetation in Arizona

Gila River near Clifton (09442000), August 20, 1930

Image of Gila River near Clifton (09442000), August 20, 1930.
H. Pritchett 1136, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey The bridge on the right side of this photograph spans the Gila River between Clifton and Safford, Arizona. This bridge formerly was the main route between the two cities. The Gila River flows right to left in this view, and downstream from this point enters a narrow canyon. Isolated cottonwood trees are present on the near side of the channel, behind small mesquite trees that are established above the floodplain. Native coyote willows and brickellbush line the far side of the channel.

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