This article explains the basics of oil sands mining operations and the associated tailings pond construction and operation in northern Alberta. First, the local geology of the Athabasca oil sands deposit in northern Alberta will be reviewed. The definition of oil sands and the oil sands extraction operations will be looked at next, followed by a more detailed overview of a mine startup and common oil sands mining operations. The storage of tailings and the reclamation of both the mine and tailings ponds are discussed in the final two sections.
Zandbergen, M. 2011. “Oil Sands Mining.” Ingeokring Newsletter. Winter 2011/2012: 15-29.
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