M:Ez, Mtvıd, Mtpıx, Com, Dfts, Dıs, Env, Gen, Utıl, Vcrım, Watr, Wea, Amers, Cl, Emrg, Latam, Samer

M:Ez, Mtvıd

It's bloom time in Chile's 'flowering desert', despite drought

It's bloom time in Chile's 'flowering desert', despite drought

10/22/2021 4:15:00 PM

It's bloom time in Chile's 'flowering desert', despite drought

The sand dunes of Chile's Atacama are once again bathed in vibrant colors following the sprouting of flowers in recent weeks in the world's most arid desert despite a persistent drought.

"This is a natural laboratory, because it lets you see how changes in rainfall affect plant diversity," said biologist Andrea Loaiza during a tour of the area.Resistant seeds and bulbs are able to survive Atacama's extremely dry weather until they flower during the spring.

At least three people wounded in shooting at Durham, North Carolina, shopping mall Friend Crashing In Guest Room Hopes He Can Return Favor When Host’s Marriage Implodes Stephen Sondheim Dies: Broadway Songwriting Titan For ‘Sweeney Todd’ And ‘A Little Night Music’ Was 91

"If you pick some oil, you'll find thousands of seeds, thousands of bulbs," said Gina Arancio, a botanist with the local Universidad de La Serena. She explained that those seeds and bulbs - known collectively as germopolasm - are able to survive during many years even if there is no rain.

Still, while the area is officially protected and people are only allowed to go into designated areas, it is common to see deterioration caused by the transit of vehicles. The threat of plant trafficking is present as well.Biologist Cesar Pizarro said that the area has tended to receive less and less rainfall over time, with the exception of the years 2007 and 2011. headtopics.com

"Even though the rain is restricted to a small area, it is still impressive to see it in the planet's most arid desert," he said.The water deficit has led to studies in the region that seek to understand the impact that climate change has had over local plant species, as well as the plants' ability to survive and adapt to the drier environment.

Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Marcelo Rochabrun; Editing by Muralikumar AnantharamanOur Standards:More from ReutersSign up for our newsletterSubscribe for our daily curated newsletter to receive the latest exclusive Reuters coverage delivered to your inbox.

Read more: Reuters Top News »

New COVID variant Omicron triggers global alarm, market sell-off

The discovery of a new coronavirus variant named Omicron triggered global alarm on Friday as countries rushed to suspend travel from southern Africa and stock markets on both sides of the Atlantic suffered their biggest falls in more than a year.

I love how the headline is all, 'Hey, here's something pretty... in the hellscape our planet has become.' ممتازة صحراء chile

Earthquake, Magnitude 3.3 - OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE - 2021 October 21, 05:58:54 UTCMagnitude: M 3.3, Region: OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE, Date time: 2021-10-21 05:58:54.0 UTC, Location: 32.49 S ; 71.68 W, Depth: 36 km.

Earthquake, Magnitude 4.4 - ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 2021 October 22, 11:14:49 UTCMagnitude: mb 4.4, Region: ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE, Date time: 2021-10-22 11:14:49.9 UTC, Location: 22.15 S ; 69.19 W, Depth: 109 km.

Ilia's Liquid Eye Shadows Prove Metallics Are Wearable Every DayIt's a clean formula that's water-based and spiked with soothing glycerin and horse chestnut flower.

The Ultimate Gift Guide for Music Loving DadsThe holidays are just around the corner, and it's time to shower Dad with love.

Earthquake, Magnitude 3.3 - OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE - 2021 October 21, 05:58:54 UTCMagnitude: M 3.3, Region: OFFSHORE VALPARAISO, CHILE, Date time: 2021-10-21 05:58:54.0 UTC, Location: 32.49 S ; 71.68 W, Depth: 36 km.

Earthquake, Magnitude 4.4 - ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE - 2021 October 22, 11:14:49 UTCMagnitude: mb 4.4, Region: ANTOFAGASTA, CHILE, Date time: 2021-10-22 11:14:49.9 UTC, Location: 22.15 S ; 69.19 W, Depth: 109 km.