tar sands

Definition

A colloquial term for an oil reserve which are part of a natural mix of sand or clay, water, and a type of oil known as bitumen. The process of extracting oil from tar sands is expensive, but when oil prices rise, they are considered more seriously for large-scale extractions. also called oil sands, non-conventional oil or extra heavy oil.

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Today, the United States is relying heavily on the tar sands in Canada in order to meet its necessary oil production output.

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The tar sands seemed lucrative with the price of oil increasing so we sent a geologist and an engineer down to learn about the viability of the opportunity.

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While the company had never previously seriously considered tapping tar sands for oil reserves, the dire oil situation made them think about it more and more.

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