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Flowerly desert, Atacama desert:

The Atacama desert is nestled along the coast of Chile, South America - right next to the Pacific Ocean - the biggest body of water in the world. Much of the desert extends up into the Andes mountains and is very high in elevation. Unlike more familiar deserts, like the Sahara desert in Africa and the Mojave in California, the Atacama is actually a pretty cold place, with average daily temperatures ranging between 0°C and 25°C. The annual rainfall (or lack of it) defines a desert, but that doesn't mean that it never rains in Atacama. Every so often a warming effect over the Pacific Ocean around the equator changes the weather the world over and even places like the driest desert in the world can become doused with drenching storms. Even though Atacama gets almost no rainfall, there is water in this arid place.

http://www.extremescience.com/DriestPlace.htm

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  • Copyright: Francisco Castro (fcastro) (29)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2005-00-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2006-04-20 14:08
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