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Death Valley Full of Wildflowers in Rare 'Super Bloom'

The hottest and driest part of North America briefly teems with plant life.

One of the most extreme environments in North America is currently awash in wildflowers. The desert landscape of Death Valley, about 260 miles northeast of Los Angeles, is covered with golds and yellows in what park officials are calling a "super bloom." It's a relatively rare spectacle; the last ones occurred in 2005 and 1998, according to The burst of plant life is due to this being an El Niño year, which is bringing an unusually heavy amount of rain to an area that once reached 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius) in 1913.

Watch a video about the background of the super bloom below.

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