Rare Death Valley Super Bloom Only Happens Once Every Decade

Mar 10, 2016 By Jerome Okutho

Death Valley is the driest and hottest place in North America. According to National Geographic, the area receives less than two inches of rainfall every year and currently holds the record for the hottest place on Earth at 134°F. Given these extreme conditions, it's difficult to imagine that any life could form, let alone thrive in this isolated part of the world. Surprisingly, there are several species of reptiles, mammals, plants, and amphibians that call Death Valley home. These range from mountain lions and bobcats to birds and deer.

Death Valley is also home to wildflowers such as yellow desert golds, desert sunflowers, and purple notch-leaved phacelia. What makes these flowers so unique is that they only bloom once every ten years. And when they do, it's a sight to behold. In fact, people often travel from different parts of the country just to see these flowers in full bloom. It's not every day that you get to see one of the most unforgiving places on Earth bursting with life, even if it's just for a brief period.

Park ranger Alan Van Valkenburg has lived in Death Valley for over 25 years, and he's never grown tired of seeing a super bloom after all that time. Areas that are usually barren are transformed into colorful landscapes almost overnight as a result of the seeds sprouting at once. He recommends that anyone who lives anywhere close to Death Valley should experience a super bloom at least once in their lifetime. After seeing the video below, I totally agree.

H/T: DeathValleyNP

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