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This Horrible Lake Turns Animals Into Stone

Yes. It’s true. It’s terrifying, but it’s real. This quiet, magnificently reflective lake in Tanzania has crazy pH levels that forever calcify any unfortunate animals who dive into it. In essence, it turns them to stone. Evidently, the reflective surface confuses enough animals for this to be a fairly regular occurrence, and photographer Nick Brandt is photographing these creatures for a new book of his. You can view all the haunting images over at The New Scientist, which is much safer than going to try to visit the place yourself …

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