Sunday, October 28: One of Lake Langano‘s eco-zones is a dry pumice stone area on a piece of land that juts through the lake like a gnarly finger, separating the lake proper from a wetland area. On our first afternoon at the lodge, we take a walk through the area, encountering numerous birds and acacia trees. It feels a little like a walk on the moon, somewhat surreal but lovely .
Pumice stone may have had a more important historical role in our lives than just scrubbing dead skin off feet. Scientists claim the rock, which is produced as volcanic gases bubble through lava as it solidifies, may have been responsible for the birth of life on earth more than 3.5 billion years ago, according to a 2011 article from The Telegraph: Humans may owe more than smooth feet to pumice, claim scientists.
I think it does look like some prehistoric landscape.
Palaeobiologists believe the essential cocktail of chemicals that make up all organisms on earth could have accumulated inside the pumice pores, while other chemicals commonly found within could have kick-started biological reactions under ultraviolet light.
I’m amazed by this landscape, especially as the light wanes in the afternoon. We walk along the rocky surface, checking out the birds preening and flitting about along the lakeshore: pied kingfishers, spur-winged plovers, Senegal thick-knees, Great cormorants, Nyanza swifts. I’ll feature some of our fine-feathered friends in another post.
The next two days, we explore the pumice-stone area a little more, marveling at how it appears in different light.
I love this stunning and peaceful place, where there are only a few quiet and relaxed inhabitants. Namely us. 🙂