On March 24th 2015 a low-pressure system headed toward Chile from the southwest bringing with it one to two inches of rain in a 24 hour period.
That doesn’t sound like much does it?
Well, for the Atacama Desert that equates with YEARS amount of rainfall in a very short time.
You probably have heard of this particular desert.
It has been claimed to be the driest place on earth. It has also been claimed that there are locations in the desert that have NEVER received ANY
rainfall in human recorded history!
The skies are cloudless which make it excellent for star gazing and it is used as a “practice” site for all sorts of Mars tests and equipment.
In 2008, the Phoenix Mars Lander detected perchlorates on the surface of Mars at the same site where water was first discovered. Perchlorates are
also found in the Atacama and associated nitrate deposits have contained organics, leading to speculation that signs of life on Mars are not
incompatible with perchlorates. The Atacama is also a testing site for the NASA-funded Earth-Mars Cave Detection Program
It (this desert) is also home to the Very Large Telescope Observatory
Well, back in March when the rains came, the desert flooded. There was loss of life.
From this devastation, beauty has been born.
Around every 5-10 years, after such destruction, a climatic phenomenon occurs.
It is called “The flowering desert”.
The phenomenon consists of the blossoming of a wide variety of flowers between the months of September and November in years when rainfall is
unusually high. Normally the region receives less than 12 mm (0.47 in)] of rain a year
Some seeds have been buried in the earth for years, just waiting for this opportunity. Some species of flowers are only found in this desert and only
can be viewed during these "times".
So, without seeming to try to be too philosophical, sometimes we must go through tragedy, through the mud, suffer loss to truly enjoy the beauty of
this world, this life we’ve been given.
How many of us are like those seeds? We are waiting for our opportunity to blossom and be the beautiful flower we were always meant to be.
We must wait for the storm…we must make it through the storm...and we must grow and thrive on the other side of it.
I hope you found this story of the desert as stunning and remarkable as I did…
I hope you enjoy!