“After historic rains, Atacama, Chile is exploding with vibrant wildflowers. Here’s a softer side to the disruptive weather phenomenon known as El Nino: an enormous blanket of colorful flowers has carpeted Chile’s Atacama desert, the most arid in the world. The cyclical warming of the central Pacific may be causing droughts and floods in various parts of the world, but in the vast desert of northern Chile it has also caused a vibrant explosion of thousands of species of flowers with an intensity not seen in decades.”
The driest place on Earth, the Atacama Desert in South America, has spectacular vistas and biogeography … especially when it rains. To read more (and see some stunning images) check out the links from the Washington Post, Yahoo, and the Smithsonian Magazine. It is amazing that life can flourish in even some of the harshest of physical environments.