The lake of death petrified animals

Natron red lake
Behind the dazzling, attractive beauty, the Natron red lake in the Republic of Tanzania, East Africa, is known as the graveyard of thousands of mysterious petrified animals.

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Natron red lake
Tanzania in East Africa is home to many natural wonders. In it, Natron Lake is the land containing many world famous mysteries. Close to the Kenyan border, the lake is 600 meters above sea level and is fed by mineral-rich streams. Therefore, the alkalinity here is high. Photo: Cntraveler.
Natron red lake
The pH concentration ranges from 9-10.5. The temperature of shallow lake water can reach 60 degrees Celsius. The lake has a depth of 3 m, the diameter varies depending on the amount of evaporation. The unique red and orange color here originates from the cyanobacteria that inhabit the lake. However, behind that eye-catching beauty, this place is one of the most dangerous places in Tanzania. Photo: Pinterest.
Natron red lake
The water in the lake is also salty enough to be toxic to most organisms. Accidental contact with water in the lake, humans or animals can be eye damage and skin burns. Except for the fish that evolved to survive the deadly stream, no other animal has the ability to survive in the lake. Photo: Orangesmile.
Natron red lake
When the water level in the lake was low, the unfortunate animal body fell into the water, making it a graveyard of thousands of petrified corpses. The phenomenon of many birds dying in the lake is explained by the strong reflection of the water surface, causing dazzling eyes and falling down when flying over. In 2013, photographer Nick Brandt when he came here accidentally discovered the unique scene and recorded impressive photos. Photo: Frankfurter Rundschau.
Natron red lake
In Nick Brandt's collection, the bodies of the animals in the lake are rock-hard and covered with salt. The haunting moment of the deaths of thousands of creatures performed by photographers has been compiled in the book Across the Ravaged Land.
Natron red lake
This strange phenomenon is explained by sodium carbonate salt, one of the substances used by the ancient Egyptians to embalm. The story of the petrified lake originates from here. Although dangerous, the lake attracts flamingos in the breeding season by abundant food source. Flamingos will only look for food in shallow and safe areas. Photo: No # News.

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