Driest place on earth is overflowing with flowers!
“Like all wildflowers; you must allow yourself to grow in all the places people never thought you would.” -Unknown- The Atacama Desert in Chile, which is known as the driest place on the Earth, is currently carpeted with vibrant pink flowers!
This amazing spectacle is upon the northern Chile region after historic rainfall moved through the desert earlier this year. On average, this desert is an incredibly arid place. The northern Atacama currently holds the world record for the longest dry streak; 173 months without a single drop of rain in the early 20th century. In a neighboring region to the south, the average rainfall is just 0.07 inches per year.
In March, heavy thunderstorms brought 0.96 inches of rain in one day to parts of the Atacama. Although this may not seem like much, that is actually over 14 years worth of rain in one day.
The malva, or mallow, flowers usually bloom every five to seven years, coinciding with El Nino. But this year, they’ve taken advantage of the surplus of rain leading to the “most spectacular blossoming of the past 18 years.”