Africa's Lake Natron turns animals into Stone 1

British photographer Nick Brandt, during a pictorial journey of East Africa, while traveling Northern Tanzania came upon a number dead animals.     Image © Nick Brandt 2013 / Hasted Kraeutler gallery, NY

The animals had washed up along the shoreline of the lethal lake Natron, a salt lake located near the borders of Kenya.

The lake takes its name from natron, a naturally occurring compound made mainly of sodium carbonate, which causes “the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry.”



 

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Nick Brandt 2013 / Hasted Kraeutler gallery, NY

Temperatures in the lake can reach 60 °C (or 140 °F).

The animals are all arranged in poses by the photographer.

Nick Brandt, said:

“I could not help but photograph them. 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.”



 

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Nick Brandt 2013 / Hasted Kraeutler gallery, NY

Africa's Lake Natron turns animals into Stone (1)

 

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