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An open pit tar sands mine.
This image captures some of the dozens and dozens of 400-ton trucks used to haul ore and sand to processing facilities each and every day. One truck is the equivalent in size of a 3,000 square foot two-story home.
This photo represents just one small section of one mining complex in the Alberta tar sands. Each mining complex is as large as a metropolitan area the size of Victoria, British Columbia. There are ten mines currently in operation, with another 40 in the approval process.