The Athabasca River and Oil Sands, Canada56.7N 111.4W
The Athabasca River originates from the Columbia Glacier, at an altitude of approximately 1,600 meters (5,249 ft), in Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada. The river flows 1,231 km (765 mi) along icefields and through gorges, before draining into the Peace-Athabasca Delta near Lake Athabasca.
This orthorectified image focuses on a stretch of the river along which the Athabasca Oil Sands are located, near Fort McMurray. The oil sands are crude bitumen (a type of crude oil) mixed with silica sand, clay minerals and water. Other oil sand sites can be seen further away from the riverbanks, to the right of the center of the image.