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creek drainage photo pair
Photo Credits: Fred Dean (1976), Carl Roland (2005)
Ecoregion: Alaska Range Mountains
Change Type: Increasing vegetation on river bars
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This photo pair shows the floodplain of Stony Creek downstream from where it crosses the Denali Park Road and just upstream from where it joins Little Stony Creek. Increased development of vegetation in the floodplain is evident between 1976 and 2005. If you use the river terrace bluff on the far side of the creek as a guide, you will notice the area occupied by vegetation has increased, with vegetated areas also showing increased density of vegetative cover. For example, in the 1976 photo, there is a long stretch of the river terrace bluff that has no vegetation in front of it (toward the top of the frame) whereas this area shows a distinct band of vegetation in the 2005 photo.