Chile: Lush carpets of flowers thrive in world’s driest desert

Mother Nature: Receiving barely a half-inch of rainfall per year, Chile's Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth, but that all changes when El Niño rolls around every few years. Heavy rains caused by this weather phenomenon activate the germination of dormant seeds and bulbs buried deep within the ground, resulting in a sea of brilliant pink-hued blooms beginning around September. The gorgeous natural event is known as desierto florido, which means "flowering desert" in Spanish. As a fairly......

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