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Tar sands oil extraction: how much oil does it produce?

Few oil production methods are as controversial as tar sands oil extraction. Not only is it very expensive but it also causes enormous environmental harm1. Nevertheless, tar sands provide millions of barrels of oil every day, mostly in…

How is oil extracted from tar sands?

Tar sands mining in Fort McMurray, Alberta. (Source: iStock, Credit: Dan Barnes Photography) Surprisingly, oil extracted from tar sands represents a large supply of potentially recoverable oil. In fact, Alberta, Canada, eastern…

How do we define tar sands?

Oil sands, tar sands, crude bitumen, or more technically bituminous sands, are a type of unconventional heavy oil2. Source: Suncor Energy Inc. Available at: How do we define tar sands? Where are they located? What are the environmental challenges? Let’s define tar sands and learn more about them. Defining tar…
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