The red Tanzanian lake may appear beautiful and rosy in your eyes but it is one of the most mysterious and incredible places in Africa. However, Lake Natron can turn animals into stones.
Lake Natron is a salt lake that is alkaline and can be found in the Northern region of Arusha. It is close to the Kenyan border. The Tanzanian Lake doesn’t run off into any oceans or rivers. Instead, it soaks up and absorbs the regular salty desert rain. But, do you know what makes it tremendously dangerous that you wouldn’t want to take a dive, it is the lake’s closeness to the active volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai.
Ol Doinyo Lengai disposes of a rare kind of lava rich in Sodium (Na) and Potassium Carbonate (K2CO3), called Natrocarbonatite, or Natron for short. Thus, the coinage of the Lake’s name. Releasing into the water, this mix of sodium carbonate and sodium bicarbonate was key ingredients once used by Egyptians in mummification activities. They are a perfect mixture for preservation. The whole chemical composition is extremely alkaline, with pH levels of 10.5 close to matching ammonia (NH3).