Tar sands are an oil reserve which is a mix of sand/clay, water, and oil known as bitumen. Extracting the oil from tar sands is expensive.
Tar sands are a combination of sand, water, clay, and bitumen, which is a heavy black viscous oil. They can be mined and processed to extract the oil-rich bitumen, which can then later be refined into oil. The extraction process, however, is much more complicated than conventional oil recovery.
Tar sands, or oil sands as they are often called, are sands that are naturally occurring mixtures of sand or clay, water and an extremely dense and viscous form of petroleum called bitumen. “Oil sands are often referred to as unconventional oil or crude bitumen, in order to distinguish the bitumen extracted from oil sands from the free-flowing hydrocarbon mixtures known as crude oil traditionally produced from oil wells.”
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