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California Deserts In 'Super Bloom' Thanks To A Wet Winter

A rainy winter, has brought an early spring to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California. Wildflowers are in bloom. How can seeds survive years of drought and then put on such a display?
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California is having a rare "super bloom." Source: Flickr user Kyle Magnuson

In some parts of the country, cold weather is threatening crops. Meanwhile, California has been so unseasonably wet that its deserts are experiencing what's called a "super bloom." After years of drought, the normally arid desert is lush.

"It just looks like a sea of flowers," says Janet Gordon, a geologist from Los Angeles

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