Industrial landscape: Canada's Tar Sands: Effluent pipe and tailings pond. Alberta Tar Sands, Northern Alberta.

Effluent pipe and tailings pond. Alberta Tar Sands, Northern Alberta, Canada.  A very small section of a tailings pond shows the effluent pipe which flows 24 hours a day and the  ribbons of black bitumen residue which flows from it. So large are the Alberta Tar Sands tailings ponds that they can be seen from space. It has been estimated by Natural Resources Canada that the industry to date has produced enough toxic waste to fill a canal 32 feet deep by 65 feet wide from Fort McMurray to Edmonton, and on to Ottawa, a distance of over 2,000 miles.    Nikon D3, nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 shot at 82mm, ISO 800, 1/200 at f5.6
Effluent pipe and tailings pond. Alberta Tar Sands, Northern Alberta.

Effluent pipe and tailings pond. Alberta Tar Sands, Northern Alberta, Canada. A very small section of a tailings pond shows the effluent pipe which flows 24 hours a day and the ribbons of black bitumen residue which flows from it. So large are the Alberta Tar Sands tailings ponds that they can be seen from space. It has been estimated by Natural Resources Canada that the industry to date has produced enough toxic waste to fill a canal 32 feet deep by 65 feet wide from Fort McMurray to Edmonton, and on to Ottawa, a distance of over 2,000 miles. Nikon D3, nikkor 70-200mm f2.8 shot at 82mm, ISO 800, 1/200 at f5.6