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The World's Driest Desert Blooms With Hundreds Of Flowers After Rare Rain

Wow.

01/09/2017 6:59 AM AEST | Updated 01/09/2017 6:59 AM AEST

Talk about flower power.

The Atacama desert in Chile, widely referred to as the world's driest desert, is currently experiencing a truly breathtaking phenomenon. After surprise heavy rainstorms showered the region, thousands of colorful flowers bloomed to blanket its surface.

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A photographer takes pictures of flowers blooming in the Huasco region on the Atacama desert on Aug, 26, 2017.

The climate is so dry in the Atacama that scientists use it as a way to gain insight about what life and living conditions might be possible on Mars, according to Reuters.

This stunning scene is referred to as desierto florido or flowering desert, and it typically only happens every five to seven years. However, the last time was in 2015, when the region saw the equivalent of seven years of rain in 12 hours, the Weather Channel reported.

This time, heavy rains hit in mid-August, prompting seeds in the ground to germinate.

Here's what the landscape typically looks like:

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So very dry, with almost no nutrients, in March 2017.

And here's what it looks like covered in 200 different types of flowers, which tourism officials believe will grow even more in the coming weeks:

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    A photographer takes pictures of flowers blooming in the Huasco region on the Atacama desert on Aug, 26, 2017.
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    View of flowers in bloom on the Atacama desert in the Huasco region on Aug, 26, 2017.
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    View of flowers in bloom on the Atacama desert, in the Huasco region on Aug. 26, 2017.
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    Flowers bloom in the Atacama desert on Aug. 27, 2017.
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    Flowers bloom in the Huasco region on the Atacama desert, on Aug. 26, 2017.
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    Flowers bloom in the Copiapo region in the Atacama desert on Aug. 27, 2017.
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    People stroll amid flowers blooming in the Huasco region on the Atacama desert on Aug. 26,2017.
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    Flowers in bloom on the Atacama desert, at the Huasco region on Aug. 26, 2017.
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    View of flowers in bloom on the Atacama desert, in the Huasco region on Aug. 26, 2017.
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    A visitor takes snapshots of the bloom on the Atacama desert, on Aug. 26, 2017.

The magic is not without consequences, though. When the storm came two years ago, it resulted in at least seven deaths and severe damage.

The bloom should last until November, so if a trip to Chile is in your near future, definitely schedule a visit.

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