Lake Natron in northern Tanzania turns animals into statues. The lake can reach a temperature of up to 50 degrees Celsius and its alkalinity levels vary between pH 9 and 10.5. Only some extremophiles, like the Alkaline tilapia, live there. All other creatures that mistakenly ‘crash’ into the most caustic lake on Earth, are turned into calcified versions of themselves.
Photographer Nick Brandt visited there and took these eerie images of birds turned into statues after ‘crashing’ into the lake. Birds turned to stone.
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Perfectly Designed but Terrifying Lookout Point
On a mountain range in Norway, the perfect lookout point has been constructed on the top of a mountain. From this vantage point, the magnificent scenery includes a crystal blue lake nestled at the base of snow-covered mountains. However, it makes you feel like you’re going to walk off the end of a cliff.
Commissioned by the Norwegian Highway Department, the Aurland Lookout is located above the small town of Aurland in Sogn og Fjordane. Designed by architects Todd Saunders and Tommie Wilhelmsen and constructed using materials that blend into the existing terrain, the viewing platform is made to look like giant wooden diving board. Fortunately there is a glass barrier at its very edge to dramatize the fact that you are standing over thin air, at least 40 feet past the top of the mountain.
10 Stunning Crater Lakes Around the World
Crater lakes appear when a caldera, a cauldron-like crater formed by the collapse of land following a volcanic eruption, becomes filled with water. Featured above are some of the most stunning, naturally formed crater lakes around the world.
- Crater Lake (Okama), Mount Zao, Honshu, Japan
- Kelimutu Crater Lake, Flores Island, Indonesia
- Crater Lake, Mount Ruapehu, New Zealand
- Crater Lake, Mount Pinabuto, Luzon, Philippines
- Quilotoa Crater Lake, Ecuador
- Vulcan Point within Crater Lake, Taal Volcano, Luzon, Philippines
- Viti Geothermal Crater Lake, Askja, Iceland
- Crater Lakes in the Albertine Rift, Africa
- Kerid Crater Lake, Iceland
- Crater Lake, Mount Mazama, Oregon, USA
Frozen Pier at Lake Michigan
Located on Lake Michigan is the century old St. Joseph North Pier. When the wind moves across the pier during Michigan’s freezing winter months, large waves crashing upon the pier and lighthouses literally freeze the lake water in place, creating beautifully sculptured ice formations.
Over the years, environmental and landscape photographer Tom Gill has journeyed to the pier to capture the amazing ice formations. His photographs have been published worldwide and can be seen in his Flickr album titled Frozen World.
Lago d’Iseo, Italy
Melissani Cave, Greece
This amazing cave was first discovered in 1951 and was opened for the public in 1963. Melissani Cave is located on the east coast of the island of Kefalonia in Greece. The cave has two large, water filled halls with an island in the middle. The first hall has a big oval opening to the surface where the sunlight streams in, illuminating its stunning natural beauty. The second is a huge cavern with an arched roof featuring numerous stalactites and stalagmites.The entire length of the cave is 100 meters. The best time to visit the cave is in the middle of a bright sunny day. Tours are done by boats that take you on a tour through both halls of the breathtaking cave.
Beautiful Bodies of Water
It’s officially Summer! It it’s hot where you are, here are some stunning photographs of bodies of water to cool you off. If it’s not hot, you can enjoy these majestic displays of water on our planet anyway.