“The Driest Place On Earth” Covered In A Sea Of Pink Flowers After Crazy Year Of Rain


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Mauve-colored rare flowers boom after the heaviest rain recorded in over 20 years.


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The Atacama Desert in Arica,Chile is known as the driest place on Earth, is awash with color after a year’s worth of extreme rainfall.


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The Atacama Desert in Chile desert is a very dry place and holds the world record for the longest dry streak with having gone 173 months without a single drop of rain since the early 20th century.


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The region’s closest neighbor south to Arica is Antofagasta which has an average annual rainfall in the city of just 0.07 inches.


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In March, heavy thunderstorms from El Niño brought 0.96 inches of rain in just one day to parts of the Atacama Desert.


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Although it may not seem like much, it is a huge event for a desert which was like over 14 years of rain in one day.


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Many who live in the region had never seen what the flowers actually look like. One man describes how it feels to see the bloom for the first time in the video below.


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The malva (or mallow), flowers do bloom every five to seven years with the coincidence as El Niño strenthens and brings pressure with enough fuel the growth.


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But with the heavy rain it has lead to the “most spectacular blossoming of the past 18 years.”

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