In class the other day the thing that stuck most with me would have to be Leonardo DiCaprio’s interpretation of the Tar sands. He said what many of us were thinking and summed it best by pointing out its very Mordor-like appearance. It seems to be a land of waste, devoid of life and color with all of the makings of a movie set Mordor vibe. That’s why I felt it might make for an interesting topic so today I wanted to talk about the Alberta Tar sands in Canada and their role in the U.S. Apparently now Canada has surpassed Saudi Arabia as the number one oil distributor to the U.S so as you can imagine the Tar Sands are huge. They cover an area the size of England with the purpose of extracting crude oil out of bitumen found under the Boreal Forest in Alberta Canada. The video I watched on this issue went into depth more than I would have space to here but I will include it below of course. They explain that due to Canada’s location and weather stability a ‘great partnership with the U.S. will most likely continue and that the tar sands production would be quadrupling over the next 20 years.” Going on to talk more about the environmental degradation caused and then they state that”Tar sand production spills out as much green house gas in one day as 1.34 million cars.” The video also points to the fact that Water is being wasted and polluted through this process as well. The sands require 3 barrels of water to extract one barrel of crude oil and of those 3 barrels 90% of it gets eventually wasted due to its toxicity. When they need to store this toxic water they put it into something called a tailing pond. The video states that out of every 160 liters of tailings produced one liter leaks and that every one of these tailing ponds leak as they were only constructed using sand. They also speak about all of the animals affected by drinking the water as well as other declines and talks about how the ducks are being affected and end up becoming covered in oil. For an area bigger than the amazonian rain-forest itself lets hope that another alternative presents itself to those who feel dependent upon its degradation for the sake of all environmental aspects of concern.