Deadly African Salt Lake Turns Animals Into Ghostly Statues

Animal statue photos by Nick Brandt

Calcified Caped Dove, Lake Natron, 2010

The unlucky animals in these photos died in Lake Natron, a salt lake in Tanzania that is so hot and alkaline that almost nothing can survive in it. The lake’s toxic chemistry hardened and preserved the animal’s bodies into ghoulish statues, which photographer Nick Brandt found scattered along the shoreline of the lake. He arranged the animals into the poses you see here. For more photos of African wildlife check out his photo gallery and photo book, Across the Ravaged Land.

Animal statue photos by Nick Brandt

Calcified Reflected Flamingo, Lake Natron, 2010

Animal statue photos by Nick Brandt

Calcified sea eagle

Animal statue photos by Nick Brandt

Calcified Bat, Lake Natron, 2010

via New Scientist, My Modern Metropolis