Grand Canyon Rafting 2009 - ChrisLindbergPhoto
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Tamarisk (aka Salt Cedar), an invasive species, chokes the banks of many a beach. The red roots snake out all over the place, seen here at the edge of the beach. They were introduced to the west in the 19th century to control erosion. They reached Grand Canyon in the 1920s and 30s becoming dominant after the creation of Glen Canyon Dam.

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