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When rain falls on the world's driest desert this is the jaw-dropping result (and this year's display is the most spectacular in 18 years)

The Atacama desert in Chile pictured after rainfall with pink flowers

  • During spring in Chile the Atacama desert becomes a explosion of colour
  • This year's bloom is particularly vibrant due to heavy storms in March
  • The pink scene is expected to last until November attracting 20,000 tourists

You may imagine the world's driest desert to be barren and lifeless - but during the rainy season a magical transformation brings the area to life.

Every five to seven years the Atacama desert in Chile becomes adorned by a stunning pink carpet, which makes the usually arid landscape burst with colour. 

This year's display is said to the most extraordinary blossoming of the past 18 years, and is expected to draw 20,000 tourists to the area.

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Flower power: This is the magnificent display currently taking place in the usually barren Atacama desert in Chile

Flower power: This is the magnificent display currently taking place in the usually barren Atacama desert in Chile

Every five to seven years the arid Atacama desert becomes a coloured flower carpet.  Due to the vast amount of rain that came down over the hostile northern land during the last months, this has led to the most spectacular blossoming of the past 18 years

Every five to seven years the arid Atacama desert becomes a coloured flower carpet.  Due to the vast amount of rain that came down over the hostile northern land during the last months, this has led to the most spectacular blossoming of the past 18 years

Experts say that heavy rains unleashed by a storm in northern Chile in March are behind this year's particularly magnificent bloom, which has miraculously occurred twice in one year.

'The intensity of blooms this year has no precedent,' Daniel Diaz, the National Tourism Service director in Atacama, told the EFE news agency. 

'And the fact that it has happened twice in a same year has never been recorded in the country's history. We are surprised.' 

The Atacama desert, which spans from Chile to Peru, is made up mostly of salt lakes, sand and felsic lava and receives an average rainfall of just 15mm (0.59 in) per year.

A few areas get as little as 1mm and some weather stations have never had any at all.

It is so arid that even mountains reaching as high as 22,589 ft are completely free of glaciers.

Experts say that heavy rains unleashed by a storm that battered northern Chile in March are behind this year's particularly stunning bloom, which has miraculously occurred twice in one year

Experts say that heavy rains unleashed by a storm that battered northern Chile in March are behind this year's particularly stunning bloom, which has miraculously occurred twice in one year

Explosion of colour: There are only three places in the world that the flowering phenomenon takes place - in the United States, Australia and Chile

Explosion of colour: There are only three places in the world that the flowering phenomenon takes place - in the United States, Australia and Chile

This arid scene is what the desert usually looks like, before the rainy spring season in October and November

This arid scene is what the desert usually looks like, before the rainy spring season in October and November


Inside the Tierra Atacama resort and surroundings in Chile

The Atacama desert is not the only place that is completely transformed in the rainy season. 

Oman's amazing overnight metamorphosis from arid desert to breathtaking rainforest changes a huge tract of land into a picturesque emerald haven for locals and animals - including hundreds of camels.

The once-a-year sensation, which is known as the Salalah Khareef, or the Salalah Monsoon, takes place for three months a year, from the end of July to the beginning of September, and sees average temperatures drop from a scorching 50 degrees to a cool 20.

The oasis is situated on a 155 mile stretch of land - similar to the length of Jamaica - and at its deepest, the monsoon only extends about 18 miles from the shore.

The transformation happens for a few months each year and sees temperatures fall from 50 to 20 degrees overnight. The Green Pool in Wadi Shab, which can be found among Oman’s desert canyons, has its water coloured by limestone springs

The transformation happens for a few months each year and sees temperatures fall from 50 to 20 degrees overnight. The Green Pool in Wadi Shab, which can be found among Oman’s desert canyons, has its water coloured by limestone springs

The valley in the Jabal al Qara Mountains seems dry and rocky
However, during the rainy season it becomes an emerald oasis

The valley in the Jabal al Qara Mountains (left) seems dry and rocky compared with the emerald oasis during the rainy reason (pictured right)

MAGIC CARPET: THE DESERTS OF UTAH BECOME AN EXPLOSION OF COLOUR

The Utah desert usually has an arid and unforgiving landscape, but if you catch it after a rainy season it is alive with an extraordinary explosion of colour and life

The Utah desert usually has an arid and unforgiving landscape, but if you catch it after a rainy season it is alive with an extraordinary explosion of colour and life

These blooms are short-lived to conserve moisture, and the rare sight attracts tourists who flock to witness their beauty

These blooms are short-lived to conserve moisture, and the rare sight attracts tourists who flock to witness their beauty

The pretty plants in the American desert have evolved to make the most of their challenging environment

The pretty plants in the American desert have evolved to make the most of their challenging environment

The cracks in the parched earth are clearly visible, but for a few short weeks - every few years - this remote section of desert is transformed into a magic carpet of purple and yellow

The cracks in the parched earth are clearly visible, but for a few short weeks - every few years - this remote section of desert is transformed into a magic carpet of purple and yellow

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Comment by Te Miller on October 31, 2015 at 11:22am

speechless. ..breath taking

Comment by Contonila Goodman on October 31, 2015 at 7:47am

The wonders of life.

Comment by Lu on October 30, 2015 at 6:16pm

Breathtaking...Good Post

Comment by lynz on October 30, 2015 at 4:21pm
What an amazing creator! God I adore you!
Comment by dao on October 30, 2015 at 10:25am
Beautiful image. Love to go there
Comment by Cee Gee on October 30, 2015 at 9:19am

Cool

Comment by AfricanGoddess on October 29, 2015 at 9:22pm

Nature is amazing and beautiful!

Comment by Keisha on October 29, 2015 at 9:05pm
AWESOME

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