“I look at these pictures and feel an almost spiritual sense of awe and wonder to think that men could build such things, and – despite the obvious and incredible amounts of cash sunk into this sprawling landscape of engineering wonders – still run the operation at a profit.”

Thanks , Harvey 

  From , of all places IMAO , We are treated to a very extensive photo essay in Business Insider that gives one a true idea of what is involved in the mining of oil sands . Lots of pictures and lots of information . There is also a link at the end to a companion photo essay regarding the newer technology of hydrofracking . If you have ever wondered what goes into the production of petroleum products this post is required reading . Well worth your time .

Here is just one of the spectacular collection of photos that comprise this article . Be sure and check out the rest . 

 

 “The Cat 797 dump trucks are the largest in the world and and can haul 1 million pounds in a single load — more weight than a fully loaded Boeing 747”

The Cat 797 dump trucks are the largest in the world and and can haul 1 million pounds in a single load — more weight than a fully loaded Boeing 747