Stranded In Terminus

Petrified Animal Photographs by Nick Brandt
Source: Across the Ravaged Land

So there’s this lake in Tanzania called Lake Natron that has a pH of 9 - 10.5 (extremely basic - almost as alkaline as ammonia), as well as an extremely high salt content. While the exact cause is still largely unknown, it has been hypothesized that the reflective quality of the lake confuses birds and can cause them to crash into its surface the same way they sometimes collide with windows. Once in the lake, the animals begin to calcify and eventually turn to stone.

Although, oddly enough, the shallows of this lake are also the only known regular breeding ground of the 2.5 million Lesser Flamingos in East Africa, as well as the Greater Flamingo on the lake’s mud flats. The lake makes the perfect breeding ground because its caustic nature keeps predators away.

So yeah. Baby flamingos.

Maybe it’s not so bad after all.

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