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2006: The Year in Construction

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Selected from hundreds that were submitted, this year's "Images of the Year in Construction" features photographs that best capture the mood and flavor of construction during 2006. Full Story

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Photographer: Merle Prosofsky    
Submitter: Merle Prosofsky Photography Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Backlighting diffused by early-morning fog dramatizes the beginning of the five-hour erection of a 310-tonne vacuum distillation tower. The 37-meter-long, 8.5-m-diameter tower will extract oil for OPTI Nexen's $3.6-billion Long Lake steam-assisted gravity drainage project from northern Alberta's oil sands.