Unlike other lakes, you won’t believe that Medusa herself doesn’t live here because it reaches temperatures as high as 60°C (140°F), has a basic pH between 9 and pH 10.5 and calcifies any animals that die in it. Lake Natron in Tanzania takes its name from natron, a naturally occurring compound made mainly of sodium carbonate, with a bit of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) thrown in. Continue reading for more pictures.

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.