Scenic Alberta: Touchwood Lake

Lakeland Provincial Park.Northern Alberta. This area is just south of Fort McMurray and the developed region of the Alberta Tar Sands. Although not currently threatened directly by Tar Sands development, it is representative of what the Tar Sands area looked like before development.The forests, wetlands, soil etc. are referred to as {quote}overburden{quote} and scraped off in order to replace this ecosystem with tailings ponds, tar mines, and refineries.
Touchwood Lake

Lakeland Provincial Park. 

Northern Alberta. This area is just south of Fort McMurray and the developed region of the Alberta Tar Sands. Although not currently threatened directly by Tar Sands development, it is representative of what the Tar Sands area looked like before development. 

The forests, wetlands, soil etc. are referred to as "overburden" and scraped off in order to replace this ecosystem with tailings ponds, tar mines, and refineries.