A water intake pipe for oil sands operations leads downhill to the Athabasca River on April 28th, 2015 north of Fort McMurray, Canada. Fort McMurray is currently coping with an economic downturn as a result of low oil prices and most of the layoffs have been impacting the transient workforce. Canada's oil and gas industry is expected to lose 37% of its revenues in 2015.
Space in Images - 2014 - 09 - Alberta, Canada. This Landsat-8 image covers a distance of over 350 km from top to bottom, all within Canada’s Alberta province. 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.