The Driest Place On The Planet Is Currently Covered In Beautiful Pink Flowers After A Crazy Year Of Rain

October 30, 2015

One of the driest places on the planet is currently experiencing a vibrant flower bloom, making for a rare spectacle for those living in northern Chile.

desert filled with pink flowers
Credit: Mario Ruiz/EPA

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

desert filled with pink flowers
Credit: Mario Ruiz/EPA

Historic rainfall moved through the region earlier this year bringing 0.96 inches of rain in one day to parts of the Atacama Desert. This may not seem like much, but it was a huge rainfall event for the desert — over 14 years of rain in one day.

desert filled with pink flowers
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Flower blossoms like this only happen roughly every five to ten years due to how scarce rain is. This year's rain has led to "the most spectacular blossoming of the past 18 years."

desert filled with pink flowers
Credit: Carlos Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images

People traveling to the area to view the spectacle will have until the early part of November before the flowers begin to die and the landscape returns to normal.

desert filled with pink flowers
Credit: Mario Ruiz/EPA

desert filled with pink flowers
Credit: Carlos Aguilar/AFP/Getty Images

(h/t) Washington Post, Accuweather.

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