Flyover Photography Reveals the Beautiful yet Destructive Nature of Canada’s Tar Sands

The more environmentally-minded among our readership may have heard of Canada’s tar sands, extensive deposits of petroleum from which oil can be produced (as opposed to the usual drilling for crude oil that represents most oil production on the planet today). Since the sands are spread out across wide areas rather than buried in underground reservoirs, the areas in which the landscape is changed by tar sands operations are remarkably vast, as this video featuring photographs from a light aircraft demonstrates. Since the sands are expanding as production picks up pace in anticipation of decreased traditional oil reserves, the images have a bit of a “the dystopian future is here” vibe. Photographer Daniel Grossman has more photos to browse on his website.

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