Rare Death Valley 'superbloom' carpets America's famous desert in gold

The hottest and driest place in the States turns into an oasis of flowers

Rare 'Super Bloom' Carpets Death Valley in Gold

A rare 'superbloom' of wildflowers in California's Death Valley National Park has covered the hottest and driest place in North America with a carpet of gold.

Millions of bright yellow wildflowers called "desert gold" have bloomed, attracting tourists from far away.

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The significant bloom happens once about every 10 years.

It is the result of rare storms that dumped more rain in two weeks than normally falls in two years.

National Park Service ranger Abby Wines told AP: "Normally there are a few of them around but the last time there were blankets of colour like this was in the year 2005. The last year before that was 1998."

Death Valley is best known for being the lowest point in North America, 282 feet below sea level but now tourists are soaking up the colours.

Tourist Donna Spinella, from New York, said: "There's a sense of the vastness of the beauty and not just the beauty of an individual flower but this collective beauty that is very hard to imagine in a small setting like a garden."

The show won't last forever and the flowers will wither in the next few weeks.

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