The world’s richest oil deposit

04Feb10


A 54,363-square-mile area in northern Alberta, a swath of land more than twice the size of the state of Wisconsin, sits on top of virtually the world’s largets oil reserve. In some parts, the oil sands are close enough to the surface to be recovered using conventional open-pit mining. The rest of the deposits are in the form of bituminous deposits buried very deep underground, and

can be recovered only by unconventional methods that reach deep beneath the ground pregnant with oil.

Up to 335 billion barrels of oil are trapped in the bituminous sand and clay underneath this western Canadian province. And at the rate oil is being drawn using today’s technology, the Alberta oil sands reserve will be on tap for at least 400 years.

This graphic was produced at the height of escalating gas prices worldwide in early 2006. Finding substantial oil deposits around the world outside the Middle East, as well as other viable alternatives to fossil fuels, remains a challenge.

Story and graphic by Alfred Elicierto, published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on January 30, 2006.

Also in this blog:
The G8/G20 Summit in Toronto
How ‘Big Foot’ tracks earthquakes
The war in Afghanistan
Superheated vapor from the Earth’s core
Recalling the Nimrod air crash in Lake Ontario

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