Daily Inspiration 29-10-2015

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Atacama Desert becomes floral wonderland after historic rainfall in Chile

Train goes through Atacama Desert

Chile’s Atacama Desert is one of the driest places on Earth.

Atacama Desert

But parts of the usually arid landscape are currently covered in a multitude of flowers, following massive downpours earlier in the year linked to this year’s “Godzilla El Nino”.

Flash flooding in the country’s north region earlier this year killed 25 people and left thousands homeless.

The floral phenomenon — where dormant seeds bloom in spring after high rainfall events — is known as desierto florido, or flowering desert.

The spectacle will not last for much longer as the landscape is expected to return to normal from November.

Atacama Desert covered in flowers
Desierto Florido
Flower found in the Atacama Desert
Flowers in the Atacama Desert
h_52328792epa04995636 A picture made available on 25 October 2015 of a general view over a mallow field in the Atacama region, 750 kilometers north of Santiago de Chile, Chile, 21 October 2015. Every five to seven years, the arid Atacama desert becomes a mallow colored flower carpet, as the amount of rain that came down over the hostile northern land during the last months led to the most spectacular blossoming of the past 18 years.  EPA/MARIO RUIZ