El Niño Causes World’s Driest Desert To Bloom With New Life
News| | By Jason Owen
Chile’s Atacama Desert is experiencing a literal flourish of new life as heavy rainfall in the region as created a beautiful, colorful landscape in the South American nation.
Vibrant flower blooms currently blanket the region after heavy rainfall and flooding from El Niño provided water for flower seeds that have laid dormant for years.
“Rainfall is extremely hard to come by in northern Chile,” said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski.
The Atacama Desert is considered one of the driest places on Earth, barely receiving any rainfall throughout the year, making it near impossible for any vegetation to grow.
These flower blossoms occur only once every five to ten years.
If you want to see it in person, you better hurry. The blooms are expected to last only until early November before the plants dry and the area returns to its normally barren desert floor.
If you can’t see it in person, check out more of the beautiful images below.
— Patricia Sirebrenik (@pattysire) October 18, 2015
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— Nomadic Chica (@NomadicChica) October 11, 2015