Well, maybe this is not precisely beautiful, but it has some kind of internal charm… don’t know, but I think it deserves a place here.
The alkaline water in Lake Natron (Tanzania) has a pH as high as 10.5 and is so caustic it can burn the skin and eyes of animals that aren’t adapted to it.
Nick Brandt tell us in his book, Across the Ravaged Land:
“I unexpectedly found the creatures — all manner of birds and bats — washed up along the shoreline of Lake Natron. No one knows for certain exactly how they die, but … 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.
I took these creatures as I found them on the shoreline, and then placed them in ‘living’ positions, bringing them back to ‘life,’ as it were. Reanimated, alive again in death.”
Source: Lake That Turns Animals to Stone? Not Quite (livescience)