Dry sandbeds in Atacama bloom with flowers

Flowers are blooming in this normally barren desert

Location: Atacama Desert, Chile

It's a rare sight that happens naturally every five to seven years

"Beautiful, it's amazing how such a beautiful spectacle

happens in a very dry place, and with sand."

A pilot project to artificially plant flowers

would make blossoming a regular event

But some think this may have negative effects

"If they (authorities) intend on interfering

then the natural phenomenon will be lost,

it won't be a desert blooming anymore."

Atacama is a big draw for tourists

with parks, beaches and mountain landscapes

Our goal is to create a safe and engaging place for users to connect over interests and passions. In order to improve our community experience, we are temporarily suspending article commenting