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Death Valley sees rare super bloom for first time in decade


Daksha Rangan
Digital Reporter

Saturday, March 19, 2016, 6:16 PM - North America’s driest terrain is seeing a rare spectacle take place in its midst.

Death Valley National Park, self-proclaimed as the “hottest, driest, lowest” place in North America, is abundant with colour as a rare super bloom takes place for the first time since 2005.


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Following heavy rain in October 2015, dormant seeds from a decade earlier are now in bloom.

”Autumn and winter then brought the right amount of warmth and rain to trigger a mass sprouting of seedlings,” Al Jazeera reports.

Death Valley has seen the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth, holding the record of 56.7 C for 103 years. Sitting 100 metres below sea level the valley is also North America’s driest desert, averaging an annual 60 mm of rain.

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Zabriskie Point, Death Valley. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

October 2015 saw El Nino-induced flash floods through the region, damaging two roads that are still under reconstruction.

Super blooms are a rare occurrence, with the last seen in 2005 and before, 1998 – both due to El Nino’s weather patten.

"I never imagined that so much life could exist here in such staggering abundance and intense beauty," park ranger Alan Van Valkenburg told Al Jazeera. Van Valkenburg has lived in Death Valley for 25 years, the publication reports.

The most common plant is a large, yellow, “daisy-like” flower dubbed “Desert Gold.”

Watch Below: Cruising through Death Valley's beautiful super bloom.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Video above courtesy of Overland Southwest, Instagram.

SOURCE: Al Jazeera

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