Deadly lake turns animals into statues (6 pictures)

Any animal that touches Lake Natron turns to stone.

Temperatures in the lake can reach 60 °C, and its alkalinity is between pH 9 and pH 10.5. The lake takes its name from natron, a naturally occurring compound made mainly of sodium carbonate, with a bit of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) thrown in. Animals that become immersed in the water die and are calcified.

Photographer Nick Brandt explains why it happens:

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