This lake is so terrifying, it's hard to believe that it really does exist.

It occurs in Tanzania. Lake Natron in northern Tanzania is a death trap for birds and bats who frequently slam into its highly reflective surface for much the same reason their urban cousins come a cropper on plate glass.

The lake that turns animals into statues and appears to be leaving one of the circles of hell that Dante described is in Tanzania, has an alkalinity ranging from pH 9 to pH 10.5.

While working Africa photographer Nick Brandt stopped by the lake to discover several dead animals on the shoreline. Birds and other small mammals that end up in the water gradually become calcified, turned to stone in the deadly water. The lake got its name because it contains natron, a naturally occurring compound made mostly of sodium carbonate that comes from volcanic ash from the Great Rift Valley.

Despite its deadly characteristics, Lake Natron is the primary breeding ground for lesserflamingos. When salt islands form, the birds nest on them and feed off the algae that grows in its water.

"I am no longer able to help them, but at least photographed. 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.” Brandt said.

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