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A LAKE THAT TURNS ANIMALS INTO STONE


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Any Animal That Touches This Lethal Lake Turns to Stone

There’s a deceptively still body of water in Tanzania with a deadly secret—it turns any animal it touches to stone. The rare phenomenon is caused by the chemical makeup of the lake, but the petrified creatures it leaves behind are straight out of a horror film.

Like a scene from a horror movie, the quiet, calm Lake Natron, in Northern Tanzania confuses birds with it’s deceptively glass-like surface and causes them to crash into the lake. Unable to get out of the thick water, the animals die and are calcified.

In his new book, Across The Ravaged Land, photographer Nick Brandt captures the eerie stone animals and “brought them back to life” by posing them in the haunting images you see below.

Photographed by Nick Brandt in his new book, Across the Ravaged Land, petrified creatures pepper the area around the lake due to its constant pH of 9 to 10.5—an extremely basic alkalinity that preserves these creatures for eternity. According to Brandt:

I unexpectedly found the creatures – all manner of birds and bats – washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. 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. The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry.

I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life’, as it were. Reanimated, alive again in death.

buy the book here:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1419709453/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1419709453&linkCode=as2&tag=nuyokacom-20

Calcified Fish Eagle

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Calcified Swallow

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Calcified Bat II

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