Atacama Desert is known as the driest desert on the face of the earth. It’s often used in movies to be the face of Mars, if that tells you anything. So, what’s going on that has everyone scratching their heads about it?
The plateau that is located in South America is a phenomenal place. Because of the fact that it sits between the Andes and the Chilean Coast Range, it gets very little moisture. Experts say the rain the Atacama Desert receives amounts to about a half an inch a year.
The Dry Atacama Desert As It Normally Is
That does lead to one thing. The Atacama Desert has the largest supply of sodium nitrate, which is an ingredient used to make bombs as well as other things. The mining industry was really BOOMING in the 1940s and some of the old mining towns can still be found.
But there is something phenomenal about Atacama. Because of its lack of moisture, the ground is very sterile, which makes it hard for any vegetation to exist there. That is until now, and this is the second year in a row.
Then, Something Happened
In the middle of the driest desert on earth, there are flowers blooming. Some of them are so rare, they only exist in Atacama. How is that possible?
If you’re scratching your head and wondering how in the world that could happen in the driest desert in the world, you’re asking a very good question. The answer is that for the past two years, there has been a very intense rain. The desert that normally doesn’t get anything got enough rain to completely change the face of it from dry and desolate to blooming and colorful.