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17026 AtacamaBloomMainPhoto Credit: Telesurtv.net

Combine one of the earth's driest climates with El Niño's massive rainfall and you'll get some breathtaking results. Chile's Atacama Desert is known as one of the harshest places on earth, usually only getting half an inch of rainfall each year. But this season's massive downpour watered seeds that had been dormant for years, kicking off an unreal bloom that only occurs once a decade. 

Unfortunately, the ocean of vibrant colors, known as "desierto florid" or "flowing desert", won't last long. The area should return to its old, dusty self by the end of the month.

Check out photos of the natural beauty below!


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