Weather Phenomenon Causes One of the Driest Deserts to Burst into a Vibrant Flowery Field

1
Image © Mario Ruiz/EFE

Though the Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the driest places on the planet, it’s hardly recognizable at the moment. The typically barren landscape is absolutely covered in a vibrant floral bed. The most prominent characteristic of the area is its total lack of precipitation, yet exceptions do occur and plants and animals take advantage of these changes, bursting into action. This phenomenon of dormant or hibernating seeds blooming the spring after large rainfall is also known as “desierto forido,” or flowering desert.
Continue reading »