Garth Lenz

Industrial landscape: Tar Sands

The Alberta Oil Sands - or Tar Sands - represent the world's third largest proven oil reserves. They produce more carbon than traditional oil reserves. This is compounded by the fact that the production of this resource requires the removal of the boreal forest ecosystem, one of the world's most effective terrestrial carbon sinks.

  
  
     
  
  
  
     
  
  
<p>Tailings. Alberta Tar Sands, Oil Sands, Northern Alberta, Canada.</p>
  
     
  
  
  
     
  
  
  
     
  
  
  
     
  
Alberta Tar Sands, also know as Oil Sands, mine.
  
<p>Even in the extreme cold of the winter, the toxic tailings ponds do not freeze. On one particularly cold morning, the partially frozen tailings, sand, liquid tailings and oil residue, combined to produce abstractions that reminded me of a Jackson Pollock canvas.</p>
  
     
  
<p>Tar Sands mine site.</p>
  
Suncor effluent pipe and tailings pond.
  
     
  
  
  
Alberta Tar Sands or Oil Sands, tailing pond. These unlined tailings ponds are the world's largest toxic impoundments and are found just meters from the Athabasca River.
     
  
  
  
Truck, tailings pond, and syncrude upgrader.