What are Oil Sands?

Oil sands are a mixture of sand, water, clay and bitumen. Bitumen is oil
that is too heavy or thick to flow or be pumped without being
diluted or heated. At 10° C/50° F, bitumen is still hard as a hockey puck ...

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What are Oil Sands


Recovering the Oil

Oil sands are recovered using two main methods: open-pit mining and in situ drilling. The method depends on how deep the reserves
are deposited ...

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Recovering the Oil


Quick Facts

  • Canada has the third largest oil reserves in the world.
  • 97% of Canada’s oil reserves are in the oil sands. ...

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History

Canada's oil sands have drawn interest for more than 200 years. Historical documents date back as far as 1715, when James Knight, Factor of Fort York, wrote in his journal ...

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History

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Oil sands or tar sands?


Tar sands
was coined in the early years of the industry and was used to describe the oil sands deposits found in northern Alberta. It is also a term associated with distilled or man-made products such as road-paving mixtures.

Oil sands is now more commonly used, and is a more accurate term, since bitumen, a heavy petroleum product, is mixed with the sand, and oil is what is derived from the bitumen.


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