a sand or sandstone containing oil or tarry residue in the pore spaces.
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How to use oil sand in a sentence
In Canada, for example, where oil sands represent an abundant but difficult and dirty resource to extract, would need to leave 82 percent of its reserves alone.To prevent catastrophic global warming, we need to leave fossils fuels in the ground | Ula Chrobak | September 10, 2021 | Popular-Science
Burgart was 35 and working as an engineer in the oil sands when she developed a relationship with her birth mother—an Indigenous woman and regular protester against the oil sands.After the boom: Canada’s oil capital faces an uncertain future | kdunn6 | September 21, 2020 | Fortune
Crude from the oil sands must be extracted and processed from a sandy sludge, in a costly and emissions-intensive process that often more closely resembles open-pit mining than conventional drilling.After the boom: Canada’s oil capital faces an uncertain future | kdunn6 | September 21, 2020 | Fortune
I have no more oil-sand to exchange, but will send to those who wrote to me.Harper's Young People, June 28, 1881 | Various
When we tap through the sediment we strike into the oil sand, which contains this residue of the diatoms, and an oil well results.Physiology | Ernest G. Martin
British Dictionary definitions for oil sand
a sandstone impregnated with hydrocarbons, esp such deposits in Alberta, Canada
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Scientific definitions for oil sand
A stratum of sand or sandstone containing petroleum that can be extracted by way of wells. The term is also applied to limestone and dolomite strata that contain petroleum.
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