Haunting Photographs Of Animals Turned To Stone By A Deadly Lake

Don’t get too close to the water.

1. This lake in Tanzania turns any animal that falls into it to stone.

© Nick Brandt 2013 Courtesy of ATLAS Gallery, London

2. Photographer Nick Brandt stumbled upon the calcified carcasses washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania.

© Nick Brandt 2013 Courtesy of ATLAS Gallery, London

3. “No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, causing them to crash into the lake,” Brandt says.

© Nick Brandt 2013 Courtesy of ATLAS Gallery, London

4. Lake Natron is a salt lake and has a pH level around 9.5 to 10 — extremely alkaline — that preserves the animals after their death.

© Nick Brandt 2013 Courtesy of ATLAS Gallery, London

5. Brandt found the calcified animals around the lake and positioned them for the photographs.

© Nick Brandt 2013 Courtesy of ATLAS Gallery, London

“I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life’, as it were,” Blandt says.

6. The photographs form part of his new book, Across The Ravaged Land.

© Nick Brandt 2013 Courtesy of ATLAS Gallery, London

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