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Lake Natron is a salt and soda lake located in the northern part of Tanzania in East Africa, close to the border with Kenya. The lake is situated in the eastern branch of the East African Rift Valley and is part of the Serengeti ecosystem.

The lake is known for its extremely high alkalinity, with a pH of around 9 to 10.5. This is due to the presence of large amounts of sodium carbonate and other minerals in the water, which can be harmful to many forms of aquatic life. However, the lake is home to a species of cyanobacteria called Spirulina, which is able to thrive in the alkaline conditions.

Lake Natron is also an important breeding ground for lesser flamingos, which are known for their distinctive pink coloration. The lake’s alkaline waters are thought to provide a protective environment for the flamingo chicks, as predators are unable to survive in the harsh conditions.

The surrounding area of Lake Natron is also home to a variety of wildlife, including zebras, wildebeests, giraffes, and several species of birds. The lake and its surroundings are popular with tourists who come to witness the unique ecological features and wildlife of the region.


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