After Historic Rainfall Flowers Bloom in Atacama Desert

The Atacama Desert in Chile is normally barren, but it's now covered in a blanket of pink flowers.

A sea of pink malva flowers have blanketed the once desolate Atacama Desert of Chile after heavy rain reawakened dormant seeds, according to Discovery.com.

 

The Atacama Desert is usually one of the driest places in the world.

The Atacama Desert is usually one of the driest places in the world. Photo by YouTube/wotchitNews

Discovery’s article reads:

Record rainfall in March spurred the roseate blossom, which covers large swaths of the world’s driest, non-polar desert.

In a single day, an area of Chile that sees less than one-tenth of an inch of rainfall in an average year recorded nearly a full inch in only 12 hours. The town of Quillagua recorded its first rainfall in more than two decades.

The flowers are a symbol of rebirth and vitality in an area still trying to recover from the devastating flooding that resulted, which claimed nearly 30 lives and left thousands homeless.

The desert has bloomed in 2010, but not as intense.

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