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Alberta's Scientific Heroes

Hydrocarbon Heroes

Major Oil Well., c.1948.Nowhere else in Canada can you find such a list of interesting characters involved in the development of hydrocarbons. Oil, natural gas and oil sands, Alberta's hydrocarbon heritage is filled with innovators who truly changed the face of hydrocarbon development, and pioneered the very resource development practices that are used across Canada today. 

From Vern "Dry Hole" Hunter, who discovered the oil beneath the famous "Leduc No. 1" well, to Karl Clark, who pioneered the hot water separation process for oil sands, in this section we examine some of the characters who "made" the industry.

To learn about more individuals who contributed to the petroleum industry in Canada, visit the Canadian Petroleum Interpretive Centre and Hall of Fame





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Early Oilsands Exploration

Karl Clark began his experiments on separating oil from the oil sands with a pilot project in the basement...

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