Scientists have predicted that the bloom in 2017 would be one of the most spectacular in decades after huge rains in the north. The desert is also known as the “thriving desert” while the rainfall was particularly high, between September and November, there was a large amount of flowers that hatched about 200 different species.
This desert extends for more than 1000 kilometers and is west of the Andes. The majority of the desert consists of land that is stony, sandy, salt lakes and volcanic rocks.
It is also said that the Atacama is home to the world’s largest sodium nitrate supply and was exploited during the 1940s and many mining towns were abandoned.
This desert has been a filming location for many scenes of the planet Mars, but also in the films The Space Odyssey and Travel around the Sun. It’s also a good choice for astronomers as there is a beautiful moon for about 10 nights each month and it’s the perfect place to watch the stars.
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