oil sands

oil sand

noun Geology.
a sand or sandstone containing oil or tarry residue in the pore spaces.

Origin:
1880–85, Americanism

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oil sand
 
n
a sandstone impregnated with hydrocarbons, esp such deposits in Alberta, Canada

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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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oil sands definition


Surface deposits of tarry sand that contain large quantities of petroleum.

Note: The major deposits of oil sands in North America are in the western United States and northern Canada.
Note: Extracting the oil from these sands is difficult and expensive.
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