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  • The Atacama Desert in northern Chile is in full bloom after an unexpected rainfall earlier this month. It is one of the driest places on earth. <br><br> Plants blossom in the Huasco region of the Atacama Desert, north of Santiago, Chile, Aug. 26,2017.
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  • A gigantic mantle of multicolored flowers covers the Atacama Desert, the driest in the world. </br></br> Plants bloom in the Copiapo region of the Atacama Desert, north of Santiago, Aug. 27, 2017.
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  • Multicolored flowers cover the Atacama Desert, north of Santiago, Chile, Aug. 26, 2017.
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  • Plants in bloom on the Atacama Desert, Aug. 26, 2017, in northern Chile.
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  • After unexpected rainfall earlier this month, plants bloom in the Atacama Desert, Aug. 26, 2017, in northern Chile.
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  • Fields are in full bloom on the Atacama Desert, north of Santiago, Aug. 26, 2017, in northern Chile.
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  • Plants are in full bloom because of a large amount of rain on the Atacama Desert, Aug. 26, 2017, in northern Chile.
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  • The intense and surprising rainfall recorded in northern Chile during the winter months allowed for the dazzling bloom in the Atacama Desert, one of the most arid in the world. </br></br> A view of flowers in the Atacama Desert, Chile, Aug 22, 2017.
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  • Blooms blanket the desert floor in a dazzling display, Aug. 26, 2017, in northern Chile.
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  • The intense and surprising rainfall recorded in northern Chile during the winter months allowed for the dazzling bloom in the Atacama Desert, one of the most arid in the world. </br></br>A view of flowers in the Atacama Desert, Chile, Aug 22, 2017.
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  • In years of very heavy seasonal rains, a natural phenomenon known as the "desierto florido" (desert in bloom) occurs, causing the seeds of some 200 species of plants to germinate suddenly. </br></br> Plants bloom in the Atacama Desert, north of Santiago, Chile, Aug. 26, 2017.
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  • The Atacama Desert is home to a large number of perennials that lie dormant for months or even years until the rains fall. Plants bloom on the coast in northern Chile, Aug. 26, 2017.
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