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bridge photo pair
Photo Credits: Unknown (1951), Tamás Szerényi (2010)
Ecoregion: Alaska Range Mountains
Change Type: Changing treelines
Changing treelines
These photos show what is known as "Marmot Rock" or "Savage Rock" near where the park road crosses the Savage River. The earliest photo shows the second Savage River bridge, completed in 1951. In the later photo, the bridge is not visible, as it was rebuilt in 1983 south of its previous location. Thus the current bridge is off the right edge of the frame. Note the general increase in shrubs on the high slopes of the mountain. The forest visible in the middle left of the frame has also thickened considerably between the time these two photos were taken. A small stand of balsam poplars has also sprung up just to the right of the rock.