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Lake Natron in northern Tanzania is one of the harshest environments on Earth. Temperatures in the lake can rise to 140 °F (60 °C) and the alkalinity is between pH 9 and pH 10.5, almost as alkaline as ammonia. Animals who enter the water are almost certainly doomed, save certain kinds of fish that have evolved to survive in such a caustic environment.

Africa photographer Nick Brandt stopped by the lake to discover several dead animals on the shoreline. Birds and other small mammals that end up in the water gradually become calcified, turned to stone in the deadly water. Brandt tells NewScientist, “I could not help but photograph them. 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.”

These photos and many more are included in Brandt’s new book, Across the Ravaged Land.

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Russian graphic designer Ruslan Khasanov who is probably best known for his experiments in liquid typography just released this experimental video where he plays with the interaction between ink, oil, and soap.

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From the Montréal Convention Center website:

Since it opened in 1983, the Palais des congrès de Montréal has built a reputation for excellence spanning the globe. After more than 5,500 events and 15 million visitors, we can safely say that we have developed an unparalleled level of expertise in the industry.

Located in Montréal’s downtown core, the Palais is a safe and bustling venue. A hub of activity straddling the city’s business centre, international district, Old Montréal and Chinatown, it is near Montréal’s main attractions, and also less than ten minutes from 15,000 hotel rooms, 4,500 of which are directly linked to the Palais via the underground pedestrian network.

Inside, the Palais is trendy, generously lit, and welcoming. The venue is ultra-functional and capable of handling events of every size.