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Death Valley National Park Is Poised For A Rare 'Super Bloom'

Every so often, climate conditions at the park are just right for a breathtaking floral display.

Life in Death Valley National Park may be on the verge of an explosion.

Rangers at the California-Nevada park say a rare "perfect storm" of conditions could soon lead to an event known as a super bloom, the first in over a decade.

A super bloom, which is not a technical term but simply an informal name for a really magnificent display of flowers, requires certain weather conditions: heat from the sun, well-spaced precipitation during the winter and spring and an absence of wind, according to ABC News.

So while you can expect to see this from a normal bloom in Death Valley...

...a super bloom would look a bit more like this, and then some:

Park rangers say the super bloom is not to be missed.

“If you get the chance to see a bloom in Death Valley, especially a super bloom, you should take the opportunity to see it, because it could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," park ranger Alan Van Valkenburg says in a video posted to the park's YouTube channel last week.

"There are so many seeds out there just waiting to sprout, just waiting to grow. I had no idea that there was that much out there," he says in the clip. "These areas that are normally just rock, just soil, just barren, not even shrubs -- they're filled with life."

The peak times for blooming in Death Valley usually fall between mid-February and mid-July, according to ABC News.

Death Valley’s last two super blooms happened in 1998 and 2005.

Life in Death Valley.
Life in Death Valley.

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