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Still Waters

Deadly lake turns animals into statues

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ACCORDING to Dante, the Styx is not just a river but a vast, deathly swamp filling the entire fifth circle of hell. Perhaps the staff of New Scientist will see it when our time comes but, until then, Lake Natron in northern Tanzania does a pretty good job of illustrating Dante's vision.

Unless you are an alkaline tilapia (Alcolapia alcalica) - an extremophile fish adapted to the harsh conditions - it is not the best place to live. Temperatures in the lake can reach 60 °C, and its alkalinity is between pH 9 and pH 10.5.

http://www.newscient...ml#.UksoXFO90dU

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Those photos are a bit unsettling. It looks like something out of the Twilight Zone series. Poor animals, may they rest in peace.

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weaksauce article...doesn't explain much at all...topic is fascinating though

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