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Unit 10: Energy Challenges // Section 5: Unconventional Fossil Fuels and Technologies


Vast quantities of oil and gas are held in deposits where they cannot be produced by conventional drilling. When the world price of oil is high, it becomes more profitable to find ways of exploiting these unconventional fossil fuel resources. For example:

Athabasca tar sands, Alberta, Canada

Figure 10. Athabasca tar sands, Alberta, Canada
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Source: © Suncor Energy Inc.

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