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Athabasca Lake in w central Canada, on the border of ne Alberta and nw Saskatchewan. The fourth-largest lake in Canada, it is fed by the Athabasca River from the s and drained by the Slave River to the n. Fort Chipewyan (1788) is preserved at the w end of the lake. There are gold and uranium deposits nearby. Area: 8080sq km (3120sq mi).

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Athabasca See TAR SAND.