SCIENCE

Chile’s Atacama Desert Has Exploded With Flowers

Heavy rainfall from El Niño has transformed the world's driest desert

Oct 30, 2015 at 4:29 PM ET

Forget everything you’ve learned: Flowers can bloom in the desert.

Chile’s Atacama Desert has turned into a beautiful, blooming flower field after heavy rainfall thanks to El Niño, a seasonal rise in sea water temperature in the Pacific that can cause aggressive weather patterns. The growing strength of El Niño, while causing dangerous mudslides and flooding, has also lead to what is said to be the most spectacular display of the past 18 years.

The only two other deserts in the world that bloom in a similar fashion are in North America and Australia.

Check out this amazing sight of the Atacama desert in all its colorful glory below:

Desierto florido🌷

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