The Earth's Driest Desert Just Exploded In A Sea Of Pink Flowers

The Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the driest deserts on the Earth, once going more than 170 months without so much as a drop of rain. Beneath that desert are the dormant bulbs of the rare malva flowers. The desert usually only gets enough rain once per decade to bring them to life, and this has been that year.

A strong El Nino in the pacific has brought torrential rains to the desert, nearly one inch falling in one day, which has revived the malva flower.

"The intensity of blooms this year has no precedent, and the fact that it has happened twice in a same year has never been recorded in the country's history," said Daniel Diaz, director of the National Tourism Services in Atacama.

More than 200 species of flora is in blossom currently in the Atacama, but the most stunning is the malva. Check out these stunning shots of the sea of pink the desert currently is.

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