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The pink petrifying waters of lake Natron, Tanzania

January 9, 2015

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Lake Natron is a shallow salt and soda resevoir in northern Tanzania. It owes its pink colours to the salt-loving creatures which thrive within it during the dry season – much like in the Syvash lake, which was previously featured on the blog.

Natron’s waters aren’t very hospitable, as they are also very alkaline and can become unbearably hot (up to 60° C). Despite that, lots of endemic animals live there and it’s a regular breeding area of millions of flamingoes.

Photo: Dave Lobby

Photo: beba pisa

The lake earned its internet fame through a series of Nick Brandt’s photos of petrified animals. He arranged the carcasses in “living” positions, which caused some rumours that the contact with the lake can be dangerous. It’s not true at all, those were just dead animals which fell into Natron and got mummified by its alkaline waters (Source).