Lake of death breeds unconventional art

Lake Natron in northern Tanzania is one of the harshest environments on planet earth. Temperatures in the lake often reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit and its pH varies between 9 and 10.5. The lake gains its name from one of its main ingredients, a naturally occurring compound made up of mostly sodium carbonate.

Animals that become immersed in the water die and become calcified. Leaving behind hauntingly beautiful sculptures. Birds are especially confused by the lake as the plate glass like surface looks nothing like water. Photographer Nick Brandt recently was in east Africa and took these beautiful pictures.