After a rain, the arid Atacama Desert, the driest place on Earth, instantly turns into a sea of colorful flowers, surprising many people. This rare and strange phenomenon is called florido.
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The Atacama Desert in Chile is also known as “Mars on Earth” because even bacteria cannot exist here. This area is used by the US Aerospace Agency (NASA) as a simulation to conduct in-depth studies to find out somewhat about the conditions of life on Mars.
But thanks to the heavy rains in mid-August, thousands of blooming flowers turn this desert from empty land into a sea of brilliant flowers.
As many as 200 different species of flowers can be found in the desert, the authorities said. But the flowers here often die very quickly due to the harsh desert environment.
This phenomenon occurs periodically in Atacama, from 5-7 years / time. But this blooming desert is very special because it is only two years away from the previous bloom (in 2015). The reason is that early spring this year, Chile had heavy rainfall, which is the ideal conditions for flowers to bloom several years earlier than expected.
The phenomenon of desert blooming not only occurs in Atacama, but also occurs in all deserts with large number of perennial flowers. Their seeds lie dormant for months or years in the desert and are difficult to recognize. Only when a great amount of rain falls and wash away the protective shell will the seed germinate.
Here are some pictures of the colorful Atacama Desert after the heavy rain: