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    Flowers bloom at the Huasco region on the Atacama desert, some 600 km north of Santiago

    When Deserts Bloom: Rain Turns Chilean Wasteland Into Flowery Paradise (PHOTO)

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    Unexpected heavy rain has transformed the usually desolate wastes of Atacama Desert in Chile into something of a flower garden.

    The Atacama Desert is considered one of the driest places on Earth, where the average precipitation level is about 15mm per year.

     

    However, every 5 to 7 years the desert receives heavy rain that causes over 200 species of plants to bloom across this arid landscape.

    ​In 2017 this event occurred earlier than expected, as the previous bloom happened in 2015, just two years ago.

    ​And now, tourists, photographers and botanists from all over the world are flocking to Atacama to witness this rare and magnificent phenomenon.

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