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Why are the tar sands a valuable resource?



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The Canadian Tar Sands in the Athabaska Valley of Northern Alberta are the world's largest deposit of a heavy oil called bitumen. That's the stuff that is used in asphalt on our major highways and byways.

This form of oil is much more expensive to extract from the earth but, as the price of crude oil increases with the diminishing supply of world reserves, the tar sands deposits become increasingly more important as a source of energy.

If we could stop using oil altogether, then the tar sands would no longer be important to our lifestyle.