A rare bloom turns the arid Atacama desert in Chile into a magnificent carpet of mauve-colored flowers after the region’s heaviest rain in 20 years. Rough Cut – subtitled (no reporter narration)
Rare flowers bloom in Chilean desert
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Chile’s Atacama desert has turned into a mauve-colored carpet of flowers following a rain storm that has turned the normally arid region into a montage of shades of purple.
The phenomenon takes place every five to seven years, but this is the most spectacular blossoming the region has seen in nearly two decades.
The rains are the heaviest to hit Chile’s northern desert region in 20 years, transforming the Atacama desert 750 kilometers (466 miles) north of the capital, Santiago, into a carpet of exotic flowers.