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(December 3, 1919). As the Mojave River exits Afton Canyon, the main wash continues east to Soda Lake. This view is downsteam along a wash that drains north, a distributary of the Mojave River into the Cronese Valley in the background. Two dams, one in the foreground and one in the middle ground, block and channel water flow to the Cronese Valley. The dam in the foreground is filling with sediment, burying desert willows. Mesquite covers the dunes in the background (David Thompson 389, USGS Photo Library).
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(February 26, 2001). In the intervening years, the dam in the foreground was breached, leaving a partial dike in the background. The large shrubs in the wash are desert willows, still alive but smaller and less robust than 82 years earlier. They are mixed with cattle spinach. In the background, the mesquites are gradually dying and being replaced by creosote bushes. One tamarisk is in the wash and several athel tamarisks are along Interstate 15 (Dominic Oldershaw, Stake 105).


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