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USGS NRP Tucson: Landscape Change in the Southwest

Changes in Riparian Vegetation in Arizona

Sabino Creek Near Tucson (09484000), February 13, 1938

Image of Sabino Creek Near Tucson (09484000) , February 13, 1938.
W.E. Dickinson 2357, courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey Sabino Creek is a perennial stream in Sabino Canyon about 12 miles northeast of Tucson, Arizona. This creek drains 35.5 mi2 of the Santa Catalina Mountains and is a major recreational area for residents of Tucson and Pima County. Part of the attraction is a robust riparian ecosystem, which lines a stream punctuated by dam-controlled pools. The contrast of desert and riparian is striking here, with saguaro cacti marking the ridgelines.

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