Petrified animals of Lake Natron

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  1. Veho
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    Originally posted in the shoutbox by pyromaniac123, who was too lazy to make a proper thread that I believe it deserves. So here goes.

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    Lake Natron in northern Tanzania is a curious little piece of Hell on Earth. As the name implies, Lake Natron is the world's largest glass of antacid. Boiling antacid. Fed sodium carbonate by several mineral-rich hot springs in the area, in the middle of a desert, less than 3 meters (10 feet) deep, it's a giant salt evaporation pool. Temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius (120 degrees Fahrenheit), and depending on rainfall, the alkalinity can reach a pH of 9 to 10.5 (i.e. a lot). The only lifeforms that can survive there (apart from a tiny species of fish) are single celled organisms that turn the water a lovely shade of red. A salt crust floats on the surface in the shallow parts.

    Hell.

    It is here that the photographer Nick Brandt took the following photos.


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    Neat.


    A source.
    Another source.
     
  2. omgpwn666

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    Well, this is pretty strange... especially how he touches the dead birds to reanimate them. =P
     
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    I forgot
    That looks...really really cool.
     
  4. Gahars

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    You know what they say. Birds of a feather petrify together.
     
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    Strangely beautiful.
     
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    Has color not yet been invented in Tanzania?

    Anyway it looks so sad and epic at the same time...
     
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    This is the best one IMO.
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
  8. Veho
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    The soda bleaches everything :ph34r:

    This one is my favourite:

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    Is the bat picture turned around? It should be hanging upside down, shouldnt it?
     
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    Hauntingly beautiful
     
  12. Veho
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    It should, but the gallery had it the other way around so I left it like that. I edited it now.
     
  13. GamerzHell9137

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    This looks interesting indeed.