Athabasca oil sands

png This map shows extent of oil sands in Alberta: Athabasca Oil Sands, the Cold Lake Oil Sands, and Peace River Oil Sands.

This series of images from the Landsat satellite shows the growth of surface mines over the Athabasca oil sands between 1984 and 2011. The Athabasca River runs through the center of the scene, separating two major operations. To extract the oil at these locations, oil producers remove the sand in big, open-pit mines, which are tan and irregularly shaped. The sand is rinsed with hot water to separate the oil, and then the sand and wastewater are stored in “tailings ponds”.

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Mildred Lake mine site and plant at the Athabasca Oil Sands, Alberta, Canada

Lake Claire to the left is also part of this delta system, and lies within the Wood Buffalo National Park—Canada’s largest.  The lower half of the image is part of a wider area known as the Athabasca oil sands, which has the world’s largest known reservoir of crude bitumen, which can be upgraded to crude oil using technology that extracts the oil from the soil using chemicals.

This image covers a distance of over 350 km from top to bottom, all within Canada’s Alberta province.

Athabasca oil sands

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A tailings pond in the Athabasca oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alta. (Ben Nelms/Bloomberg)

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A tailings pond in the Athabasca oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alta. (Ben Nelms/Bloomberg)

EPA: Keystone XL to Emit 1 Billion Extra Tons of GHGs  - The energy it will take to process Canadian tar sands oil and pipe it through the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline is so great that it will lead to about 1.3 billion more tons of greenhouse gas emissions over the pipeline’s 50-year lifespan than if the pipeline were carrying conventional crude.

EPA: Keystone XL to Emit 1 Billion Extra Tons of GHGs - The Keystone XL Pipeline will lead to about billion more tons of greenhouse gas emissions over 50 years than if the pipeline were carrying conventional crude oil.

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