Haunting photography of this deadly lake

Lake Natron in Tanzania has an alkalinity between pH 9.0 and 10.5, and experiences temperatures as high as 150 degrees F. Birds which land in the lake die and are mineralized by its high concentration of sodium carbonate. Photographer Nick Brandt has taken some incredible and haunting photos of these unlucky creatures.

Image courtesy New Scientist/Nick Brandt

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Those images are haunting and strangely beautiful. I've never heard of anything like this before!

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Wow. The photos are haunting and strangely breathtaking, but how tragic! I can't believe that there's something like this on Earth. We just looked at some of the abandoned cities of the world and saw that many of them are due to the lack of safe living conditions/toxicity, too.

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