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What does it take to grow flowers in one of the driest places in the world? Getting seven years worth of rain in 12 hours.

October 27, 2015

After a year with a shocking amount of rain, Chile Atacama Desert has erupted into a bloom of pink flowers. Mashable reports that some areas of the desert got as much as seven years worth of the region's average rainfall in 12 hours.

The Atacama Desert—a 41,000 square mile plateau in South America—is known as the driest non-polar desert. Average annual rainfall is 0.6 inches with some areas receiving as little as 0.04 inches. It goes without saying that plant life is scarce in this area of the world, but an unexpected hike in rainfall can work miracles (see photo above).

Erika Owen is the Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure.Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @erikaraeowen.

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