Deadly Lake Turns Birds Into Stone (Real Story)


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We couldn’t believe this was real but it is. In Tanzania their is a lake that turns animals that roam the area into stone. The rare phenomenon is caused by the chemical makeup of the lake, 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.

The lake and animals were photographed and ‘discovered’ by Nick Brandt, and displayed in his book, Across the Ravaged Land. His comments:

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.

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Images by Nick Brandt | via Gizmodo

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2 thoughts on “Deadly Lake Turns Birds Into Stone (Real Story)

  1. I know this is not ‘ecologically’ correct, but couldn’t they put additives in this lake to make it normal instead of deadly?

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