Lake Natron is located in Tanzania, Africa. The salty inhabitable nature of the lake was captured by photographer Nick Brandt (http://www.nickbrandt.com/).  

Nick Brandt took a series of pictures of still lifeless animals at Lake Natron. In his photo book “Across the Ravaged Land” Brandt mentions, “No one knows for certain exactly how [these animals] die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, causing them to crash into the lake.” In his photo book, he continues to explain the nature of Lake Natron as, “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 cause the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry.”

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What’s surprising is that Lake Natron is known as one of the breeding ground for the endangered Lesser Flamingo and different kind of bacteria and algae. According to research the temperature of the lake goes up to 140 degrees. Brandt photographed these calcified animals back in 2010 and 2012. He told Huffington Posts in an email that the animals were rock hard due to the calcification. It was close to impossible to bend the wing or head of the animals.