The Atacama desert is currently having its longest flower bloom in the last years

The Atacama desert is currently having its longest flower blooms in recent years.

And this is due to abundant rainfall since April 2015, the absence of frost and a strong El Niño.

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Bloom will extend beyond October, date of completion of the cycle of these plants.

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The endemic seeds and bulbs wait underground for optimal conditions to germinate. This phenomenon repeats every 5 to 7 years.

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But the Atacama Desert was already reported blooming in May 2015.

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The Atacama region is the driest place on Earth with normally less than two millimeters of rain.

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But this year about 35,4mm fell due to a unusually strong El Niño.

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The desert is now purple, pink, red, yellow and white… A phenomenon called ‘Flowering Desert’.

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Atacama desert flowering is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in Chile.

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  1. […] The Atacama Desert in Chile, one of the driest places on Earth has blossomed, after some unusual rain earlier this year. The desert is primarily located in Chile along the Pacific Ocean. It received 0.96 inches of rainfall in a single day during March, which was equivalent to approximately 14 years of precipitation. The desert once went more than 14 years without rain in the early 20th century. Due to scarce rain, flowers blossom rarely in five to ten years.  But this year’s rain has led to the most beautiful and spectacular blossoming in the history of the Atacama desert.Image Credit: sputni strange […]

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