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tar sand

n. often tar sands
A type of oil sand from which the lighter fractions of petroleum have escaped and in which only the heavier fractions forming a residual asphalt remain.
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tar sand

n
(Geological Science) a sandstone in which hydrocarbons have been trapped; the lighter compounds evaporate, leaving a residue of asphalt in the rock pores
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