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Deadly Lake Turns Animals into Statues

For many it may seem like a scary story and nothing more, but everything is at real as it could be. Lake Natron in northern Tanzania turns any living creature that gets close to it into stone. The natural phenomenon was surprised by Nick Brandt.

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The water temperature reaches 60 degrees and the alkalinity is between pH 9 and pH 10.5. Also, Natron is a natural mix between decahydrate sodium carbonate and bicarbonate with small quantities of sodium sulphate and salt. This substance arrived here due to the accumulated volcanic eruptions nearby. More precisely, the animals that touch the water are calcified.

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“No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake.”, said the photographer Nick Brandt.

The photographer modified the images in order to bring them to life, in their natural environment, on water. The animals were found on shore.

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