Atacama Desert Change

By: Rishabh W.

A single rainfall turned the Atacama desert from a dry terrain to a flower bush. How? It’s all thanks to El Niño. The Atacama is the world’s driest place. It’s last rainfall was in 1971, but before that, it hadn’t rained in nearly 400 years. The area is so dry that it is used for Martian mission tests. El Niño warmed up the coast nearby, causing this wonderful rainfall. The pink that can be seen are actually mallows, and according to the Washington Post, 14 years of rainfall fell in one day. For the people, the Atacama desert rainfall was really a wondrous sight to see, and the people were more than psyched.