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ditch photo pair
Photo Credits: Bradford Washburn (Denali NP&P Museum Coll. 5998) (1940), Tamás Szerényi (2010)
Ecoregion: Alaska Range Mountains
Change Type: Human development and impacts
Human development and impactsAnnotation is available
The Kantishna Hydraulic Mining Company built a ditch that diverted water from Lake Creek and delivered it to Moose Creek for hydraulic gold mining. You can see the trace of the ditch as a straight line of darker vegetation in the middle of the 1940s era photo. The ditch was primarily bare dirt but did contain some sections of pipe. A trestle was built over Willow Creek, barely visible in the middle right of the photo, where the vegetation is very thick. 70 years later, traces of the long-abandoned ditch still remain on the landscape. Especially noticeable is the dark line of vegetation extending out of Willow Creek. Notice also the changes in vegetation on the floodplain of Moose Creek in the foreground. The spruce forest appears more dense, and what look to be willow on the far bank has succeeded to larger balsam poplar. A few spruce have colonize the very lip of the slope that drops down to the creek as well.