The world’s longest drought lasted 400 years from 1571 until 1971 in the Atacama Desert of Chile, the driest place on Earth. The Atacama Desert runs along the coast of Chile and spans east to the Andes mountains, having an average temperature that ranges between 0°C and 25°C.
The Dry Valleys in Antarctica is probably the place that has gone the longest without rain in the world. These mountains near McMurdo Sound haven’t had any rain for over 2 million years. Usually it’s too cold for rain to fall, but even snow or ice formation is rare due to the dryness in the air. It’s quite a unique landscape–the structure of the mountains influences the way the snow falls, preventing it from forming within the valleys.
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