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Wed Aug 30, 2017, 11:26 PM

A Stunning Display of Wildflowers Just Bloomed in One of the Driest Places on Earth [View all]

A Stunning Display of Wildflowers Just Bloomed in One of the Driest Places on Earth
An "intense and unexpected rain" transformed Chile's Atacama Desert.





by†LYNDSEY MATTHEWS
AUG 30, 2017

Beyond the North and South Poles, Chile's Atacama Desert is the driest place on Earth. In any given year, this plateau in northern Chile only gets about†0.6 inches of rain, while some areas get as little as 0.04 inches.

Most of the time it looks like thisódry and arid.



But after an "intense and unexpected rain," the desert floor erupted with a massive wildflower bloom that's drawing visitors from all over Chile and even farther away to come see the phenomenon that's known as "desierto florido" (flowering desert), the BBC reports.

More:
http://www.townandcountrymag.com/leisure/travel-guide/a12141685/atacama-desert-wildflower-bloom/

Environment & Energy:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1127112577

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