Lake Natron in northern Tanzania Turns Birds Into Statues

  • metta

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    Oct 02, 2013 8:54 PM GMT
    Lake Turns Birds Into Statues

    Calcified-Fish-Eagle-640x800.jpg

    More Here:
    http://www.yourdailymedia.com/post/terrifying-lake-turns-birds-into-statues/
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    Oct 02, 2013 9:02 PM GMT
    I saw that URL and totally thought it was the infinitely-superior http://www.yourdailymuslim.com for a second
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    Oct 03, 2013 2:57 PM GMT
    Morbidly cool icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 03, 2013 3:52 PM GMT
    Here's a little back story on the photos:

    http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/6152/20131001/tanzania-lake-natron-animal-statues-africa-flamingo.htm
  • seafrontbloke

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    Oct 03, 2013 7:21 PM GMT
    sodium doesn't calcify, calcium calcifies icon_sad.gif
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    Oct 03, 2013 7:31 PM GMT
    Wow! Will it work on people!

    Kidding! Kidding! Just Kidding!


    (No, really someone needs to bottle that stuff)
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    Oct 03, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
    The photos are a little misleading, of course. The animals are posed after extraction from the shore. They hit the water while landing and were overcome by heat/gases. The calcium salts basically crystallized on their corpses while under water.
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    Oct 03, 2013 8:22 PM GMT
    Wasn't natron used by the ancient Egyptians as part of the mummification process?
  • jordon21

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    Oct 03, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    gonna start having nightmares about falling into that now icon_cry.gif
  • TannerMasseur

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    Oct 04, 2013 9:03 AM GMT
    Inspired by this so I just wrote this:

    Lake Natron

    reflective like glass
    a bird's eye view appeal
    but it was too good to last
    Medusa's eyes were real

    which is worse
    to die of thirst
    or drink and be
    forever cursed?

    u still expire but
    u won't rot
    ur bod preserved
    like those in bogs

    patrons drink its' poison and start
    to slowly become frozen
    Lake Natron, so far from being
    the nectar of the gods

    it's no oasis of all places
    who knew? who's fault?
    that a lake can turn u
    into a pillar of salt?

    the Ancient Egyptians,
    not fiction, knew of its' power
    to preserve their pharaohs for
    the afterlife.....
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    Oct 04, 2013 11:28 AM GMT
    Read about this yesterday and its amazing how nature works. Plus the photographer has taken some unbelievable shots.
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    Oct 04, 2013 12:34 PM GMT
    Yes, natron was used for mummification. The ancient Egyptian's source of it was, surprise! Lake Natron
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    Oct 04, 2013 12:34 PM GMT
    medfordguy saidWasn't natron used by the ancient Egyptians as part of the mummification process?

    Yes. After evisceration the body was covered in natron salts for several weeks, to desiccate the tissue. Then the dried body was wrapped in linen bandages.
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    Oct 04, 2013 1:35 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    medfordguy saidWasn't natron used by the ancient Egyptians as part of the mummification process?

    Yes. After evisceration the body was covered in natron salts for several weeks, to desiccate the tissue. Then the dried body was wrapped in linen bandages.


    Ah, yes. I remember reading about that (or seeing it on PBS).