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Smtih Mesa




Plate 1433X. Smith Mesa 1920 – 2007 Plates 1430x to 1433x form a panorama taken from the south end of Smith Mesa above the town of Virgin, UT. Plate 1433x is viewed southeast to the junction of North Creek and the Virgin River. Woody riparian vegetation has increased along both streams. New homes have been built in the town of Virgin (photo right-center edge). Pinyon and juniper appear to have increased. The open areas on the mesa south of the Virgin River (photo center) are cleared fields. The dry wash below the camera station (photo lower-right edge) is more vegetated today than in the past. The photopoint is 100 ft. northeast of the Virgin benchmark.

Photo Information:

Original photograph taken by J.B. Reeside, Jr. (No. 58) ca. 1920; retake by Charles E. Kay on June 20, 2007 - - Photo No. 5811-14. Original photograph held by the U.S. Geological Survey Photographic Library, Denver, CO.

Vegetative Community:

Riparian, Pinyon, Juniper


South West: Section 3, Range 12 West, Township 41 South; UTM 305700 E, 4124400 N; elevation 5,750 ft.

January 2018