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Paraghit Lake

ca.1895

1998

Description:

PAGAHRIT LAKE Goodman's photograph was apparently taken during the winter or early spring. Note the absence of leaves on the cottonwood trees on the far lake bank. Obviously, the most striking contrast between 1895 and 1998 is due to the dam failure and resulting downcutting of stream deposited sediments (foreground). However a substantial and diverse riparian community has developed in Lake Canyon. A few of the riparian plant species now present include Fremont cottonwood, Gooding willow, coyote willow, Baltic rush, cattail, common reed, bulrush and white virgin's bower. A few tamarisk plants are also found. Remains of the 1895 cottonwood gallery can still be found.

Vegetative Community:

Riparian

Location:

San Juan

January 2018