What is Bitumen?
History of Bitumen
Modern Usages of Bitumen
Uses of Bitumen
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Geological origin of Bitumen
Grades of Bitumen

Modern Usages of Bitumen

Bitumen is still the preferred geological term for naturally occurring deposits of the solid or semi-solid form of petroleum. Bituminous rock is a form of sandstone impregnated with bitumen. The oil sands of Alberta, Canada are a similar material. Bitumen is sometimes incorrectly called "tar" (tar is a black viscous material obtained from the destructive distillation of coal and is chemically distinct from bitumen). In Australian English, bitumen is sometimes used as the generic term for road surfaces. In Canadian English, the word bitumen is used to refer to the vast Canadian deposits of extremely heavy crude oil,[7] while asphalt is used for the oil refinery product used to pave roads and manufacture roof shingles and various waterproofing products. Diluted bitumen (diluted with naphtha to make it flow in pipelines) is known as Dilbert in the Canadian petroleum industry, while bitumen "upgraded" to synthetic crude oil is known as sync rude and sync rude blended with bitumen as "synbit".

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