Driest desert in full bloom

It was a sea of life on the Atacama Desert in the Huasco region, some 600km north of Santiago, last Saturday.

A gigantic mantle of multicoloured flowers covered the Atacama Desert, the driest in the world.

In years of very heavy seasonal rains, a natural phenomenon known as the Desert in Bloom occurs, causing the seeds of some 200 desert plants to germinate suddenly some two months after the precipitation.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 28, 2017, with the headline 'Driest desert in full bloom'. Print Edition | Subscribe