An African lake has an unusual chemical composition, one which causes quick and calcified death to all who touch it.
The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The soda and salt causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry.
Gorgeous, haunting images. The photographer has a book.
(thanks to Jaon Wagoner)