Mother Nature has numerous surprises in store for us. Everything that nature has to offer is dramatic in some sense or the other but at times all it takes a good photographer to add the extra dash of drama that keeps resonating in our brains. The story of Lake Natron falls in this category. This already weird lake was given a whole new creepy image by photographer Nick Brandt who captured some images that can rightly tagged as world’s most phantasmagorical photographs ever! So, what’s the big deal with this lake? What did Brandt capture in his camera that makes this lake even spookier than what it already is? Let us 30 interesting Lake Natron facts that the story of Brandt to find the answers of these questions.
Interesting Lake Natron Facts: 1-10
1. Located in Tanzania, Lake Natron is a soda lake or a salt lake that can be found in Arusha Region.
2. It is a dead-end lake which means that the lake doesn’t drain into any river or sea.
3. The principal feeder of this lake is Southern Ewaso Ng’iro River that originates in Central Kenya.
4. This shallow lake is also fed by hot springs that are rich in minerals. When we say shallow, we mean pretty shallow. The maximum depth of the lake is 9.8 feet or 3 meters only.
5. Despite its shallow depth, the lake is quite big in length and breadth. It runs 57 kilometers in length and 22 kilometers in width but the width can occasionally vary depending on water level.
6. The lake is known for its consistent high temperature. The average temperature of the lake is 40˚C or 104˚F but occasionally, its temperature peaks at 60˚C.
7. The lake is extremely salty. The alkalinity of the lake stays at an average level of 10.5 but there are times when the pH levels can reach as high as 12.
8. The bed rock surrounding the lake belongs to the Pleistocene period and is composed of trachyte lava that is dominated by sodium content.
9. The lava has low levels of magnesium and calcium and high levels of carbonate which makes the lake water a concentrated caustic alkaline brine.
10. During summer months, the lake water evaporates significantly, thus increasing the overall salinity of the lake. This is when halophile organisms thrive. Halophiles are micro-organisms that thrive in salty conditions and use photosynthesis for making food.