Advances in the Chemistry of Alberta Tar Sands: Field Ionization Gas Chromatographic/Mass Spectrometric Studies

  • O. P. Strausz
  • I. Rubinstein
  • A. M. Hogg
  • J. D. Payzant


Tar sands are important future non-conventional sources of liquid fuels because of their total quantity and economy of recovery relative to other non-conventional resources. Tar sand deposits of smaller sizes are of widespread occurrence in the world and can be found on all continents, Figure 1,1 with the exception of Antarctica.2 Most of them are without commercial significance but the two largest ones are so huge that they represent by far the largest known oil accumulations in the world, unparalleled by conventional reservoirs. These are located in Venezuela along the Orinoco River and in Alberta, Canada.1,2


Field Ionization Aromatic Fraction Cold Lake Mass Series Formula CnH2n 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. P. Strausz
    • 1
  • I. Rubinstein
    • 1
  • A. M. Hogg
    • 1
  • J. D. Payzant
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

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