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Grand Canyon: A Century of Change: Rephotography of the 1889-1890 Stanton Expedition

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Publisher Comments:

Photographs made in Grand Canyon a century ago may provide us today with a sense of history; photographs made a century later from the same vantage points give us a more precise picture of change in this seemingly timeless place. Between 1889 and 1890, Robert Brewster Stanton made photographs every 1-2 miles through the river corridor for the purpose of planning a water-level railroad route and produced the largest collection of photographs of the Colorado River at one point in time. Robert Webb, a USGS hydrologist conducting research on debris flows in the Canyon, obtained the photographs and from 1989 to 1995 replicated all 445 of the views captured by Stanton, matching as closely as possible the original camera positions and lighting conditions. Grand Canyon, a Century of Change assembles the most dramatic of these paired photographs to demonstrate both the persistence of nature and the presence of humanity. Unexpected longevity of some plant species, effects of animal grazing, and expansion of cacti are all captured by the replicate photographs. More telling is evidence of the impact of Glen Canyon Dam: increased riparian vegetation, new marshes, aggraded debris fans, and eroded sand bars. In the accompanying text, Webb provides a thorough analysis of what each pair of photographs shows and places the project in its historical context. Complementing his narrative are six sidebar articles by authorities on Canyon natural history that further attest to a century of change. The level of detail obtained from the photographs represents one of the most extensive long-term monitoring efforts ever conducted in a national park; it is the most detailed documentation effort ever performed using repeat photography. Much more than simply a picture book, Grand Canyon, a Century of Change is an environmental history of the river corridor, a fascinating book that clearly shows the impact of human influence on Grand Canyon and warns us that its future is very much in our hands.

Book News Annotation:

As part of a plan to create a water-level railroad route along the Colorado River, Robert Brewster Stanton took photographs every one to two miles in 1889 and 1890. US Geological Survey hydrologist Webb has compiled photographs from the same perspectives taken between 1989 and 1995, juxtaposes them, and analyzes the changes and continuities across the century. The comparison represents one of the most extensive and detailed longitudinal studies of an ecological system ever provided.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This book assembles the most dramatic of these paired photographs to demonstrate both the persistence of nature and the presence of humanity.

Table of Contents

The Denver, Colorado Canyon and Pacific Railroad — The science and art of repeat photography — The Century Club — Herbivory — The disaster of frost — Floods, dams, and riparian vegetation — Streams of mud and rock — Crystal and lava — Water running over boulders — Sand bars and Glen Canyon Dam — Stasis and change.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816515783
Author:
Webb, Robert H.
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Location:
Tucson :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Grand canyon (ariz.)
Subject:
Colorado river and valley
Subject:
Travel - U.S./West
Subject:
Landscape changes
Subject:
Grand canyon
Subject:
Repeat photography.
Subject:
Colorado River.
Subject:
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico) Surveys.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Travel - U.S./West
Subject:
Grand Canyon (Ariz.) Description and travel.
Subject:
Colorado River (Colo.-Mexico)
Subject:
Geography, Environmental History
Subject:
Americana-Western States
Subject:
PHOTOGRAPHY / General
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
pt. 2
Publication Date:
19960531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
290
Dimensions:
10.5 x 8.25 in

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