Like a scene from a horror movie, the quiet, calm Lake Natron, in Northern Tanzania confuses birds with it’s deceptively glass-like surface and causes them to crash into the lake. Unable to get out of the thick water, the animals die and are calcified.
Temperatures in the lake can reach up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and the PH levels reach up to 10.5 (an extremely basic alkalinity similar to ammonia). “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.”
In his new book, Across The Ravaged Land, photographer Nick Brandt captures the eerie stone animals and “brought them back to life” by posing them in the haunting images you see below.