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10-07-2013, 04:47 AM
I saw this a while back and thought it was Just amazing and strangely beautiful.

There's a deceptively still body of water in Tanzania with a deadly secret—it turns any animal it touches to stone. The rare phenomenon is caused by the chemical makeup of the lake, but the petrified creatures it leaves behind are straight out of a horror film.

Photographed by Nick Brandt in his new book, Across the Ravaged Land, petrified creatures pepper the area around the lake due to its constant pH of 9 to 10.5—an extremely basic alkalinity that preserves these creatures for eternity.
I unexpectedly found the creatures - all manner of birds and bats - washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron in Northern Tanzania. No-one knows for certain exactly how they die, but it appears that the extreme reflective nature of the lake’s surface confuses them, and like birds crashing into plate glass windows, they crash into the lake. 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 causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry.

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. Reanimated, alive again in death.The rest of the haunting images follow and they feature in Brandt's book, available HERE (http://www.amazon.com/Across-Ravaged-Land-Nick-Brandt/dp/1419709453?tag=gizmodoamzn-20&ascsubtag=[type|link[postId|1436606506[asin|1419709453[authorId|5791762745826392378). Or, you could go and visit for yourself—but keep a safe distance from the water, please.

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/10131606944_f7fb8ac9a0.jpg (http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7404/10131606944_ec5026a6d9_o.jpg)

source- http://gizmodo.com/any-animal-that-touches-this-lethal-lake-turns-to-stone-1436606506

Enjoy and GOD Bless, LGO

10-07-2013, 04:57 AM
That's interesting, I wonder what small amounts/doses would do to them. It reminds me of a cartoon I used to watch when I was a kid called Gargoyles. One of the characters in it was searching for immortality and it basically turned out like this. Scrolling down on the source page there's actually a picture posted of that cartoon. Would be a neat connection if that's what they based it off of.

10-07-2013, 04:58 AM
It Reminds me a lot of this;
Raimondo di Sangro, the “Sorcerer” Prince (http://www.rinodistefano.com/en/articles/san-severo.php)

Also if anyone would happen to have a PDF of "The Punctum of the Hollow Universe" I'd appreciate it if you would send me a PM and let me have a copy of it or let me know where to get it I have not been able to find it (or a hard copy).

GOD Bless, LGO

10-07-2013, 04:59 AM
It reminds me of a cartoon I used to watch when I was a kid called Gargoyles.
Lol I remember that cartoon :) good memories

10-07-2013, 10:22 PM
Very cool!