Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Petropolis - Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands

Petropolis is a film by Canadian media artist and filmmaker Peter Mettler. Mattler aerially filmed the tar sands of Alberta, Canada from a helicopter to highlight the vast scope and impact that the industrial mining site has on the environment.

The mining area of the tar sands is as big as all of England and the tar sands oil production releases five times more greenhouse gases than conventional oil production.

In a follow up from yesterday's post, getting the oil out of the tar sands uses roughly as much water as a city of two million people. Afterwards, 90 per cent of this water is so contaminated with toxic chemicals that it must be stored in tailings ponds so huge that they can be seen from outer space.

Read more about Peter Mettler's experience making Petropolis on New Scientist.

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