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The Great Black North

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Workers use heavy machinery in the tailings pond at the Syncrude oil sands extraction facility. 

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A scarecrow lies in a tailings pond in front of the Suncor oil sands extraction facility.

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An aerial view of new property developments and subdivisions in the oil sands-rich boomtown of Fort McMurray.

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Above, a night view of the Syncrude oil sands extraction facility.

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Aerial view of the Syncrude oil sands extraction facility with the Suncor extraction facility in the background.

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A view of an oil sands mine.

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An aerial view of rock containing oil deposits on the banks of the Athabasca River.

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A view of the Syncrude oil sands extraction facility.

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An up-close view of rock containing bitumen, which is later refined to oil.

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Workers leave the Suncor oil sands extraction facility.

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