LAKE NATRON – THE LAKE OF HELL

Lake Natron Red Algae

 

It is not fully true if people said a Lake always offers peaceful feels, sometimes a lake can be a deadly threat. That kind of deadly lake can be encountered in the north of Tanzania, Named the lake Natron or some call it the lake of hell.

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All animals that swim in the lake Natron will turn to stone, like a sculpture formed from mortar. Lake Natron contains alkalinity with pH concentration up to 10.5 with water temperature can reach 60 degrees celsius. That means, the content of lake water can burn the skin and eyes. The only animal species that can survive in the lake Natron is Alcolapia alcalica fish, Tilapia fish, as well as some types of bacteria.

Lake Natron, named after the mineral ‘sodium carbonate decahydrate’. The mineral content in the lake Natron is the same as that used on the ancient Egyptians to make a mummy. The Chemical contents of the the lake Natron occur because of the elements coming from the volcano Ol Doinyo Lengai which is located in the south side of the lake.

Hannes Mattsson, a researcher at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, said volcanoes usually produce silicate, but Ol Doinyo Lengai is the only mountain on earth spewing “natrocarbonatite”, a substance that is rich in sodium, potassium carbonate, nyerereite and gregoryite.

Map to Lake Natron

Pictures of Lake Natron

Lake Natron

Lake Natron

 

Lake Natron Red Algae

Lake Natron Red Algae (lakescientist)

 

Deadly Lake Natron

Deadly Lake Natron (lengaicamp)

 

Lake Natron and Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai

Lake Natron and Mount Ol Doinyo Lengai (tanzaniasafariprivatetours)

 

Lake Natron on dry season

Lake Natron on dry season (lengaicamp)

 

Calcified Animals of Lake Natron

Calcified Animals of Lake Natron (thisiscolossal)

 

Calcified Animals of Lake Natron

Calcified Animals of Lake Natron (nationalgeographic)

 

Calcified Animals of Lake Natron

Calcified Animals of Lake Natron (amazonaws)

 

Calcified Animals of Lake Natron

Calcified Animals of Lake Natron (huffpost)

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