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Chile’s Atacama Desert Blooms With Wildflowers After Historic Rains

By: Evonne Ermey

Earlier this year historic rain pelted one of the driest regions on our planet, the Atacama Desert in Chile. The area, which averages just .07 of an inch annually, received .88 of an inch in less than 24 hours. The flooding was devastating and deadly. Two lives were lost.

Atacama Desert, Chile

Atacama Desert, Chile

Now, it seems the storm left more than tragedy in it’s wake. The gently rolling hills of the Atacama desert are carpeted in the red, purple and yellow blooms of wildflowers, a rare occurrence.

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Because of the scarcity of rain, blooms like this, in this region, only occur every 5-10 years, AccuWeather reports, and will likely start to die off in the next few weeks.

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atacama desert

 

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