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A warm house made of snow – how does an igloo work?

These houses built with large blocks of pressed snow can be perfect temporary shelters or even someone's home. But how is it possible to keep a structure built of snow warm inside? And why don't it melt? Here are all the answers.



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Audie Hicks
Built and lived in one for 2 weeks. Winter warfare training in Germany. We were a 2 man team. We had two 3 inch candles for light and warmth. Ate dinner in our skivvies warm as a bug in a rug.
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Dec 10, 2019 7:43PM
dragondawg
As I've said before, having lived above the Arctic Circle, in a place called Inuvik, Northwest Territory., Now Nunivut. I've watch them build igloos. It is a specific snow that they look for for the construction. When they are out hunting on the ice, they might build one so they can stay longer. When I was there, things were still being done, most of the time, by dog sled. Now they use snowmobiles. They could have over a 200 mile long trap line. Or be hunting seal. The women will start preserving meat, rendering down of any fat for candles and traditional medicines. And they use their clothing as their bedding and blankets. As they are usually made from mink, seal, or rabbit, plus hide that has been tanned from some deer. It really is amazing to see. And I agree Audie Hicks, with just a couple of candles your toastier than most people think.!!
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Dec 10, 2019 8:31PM
Denise Claxton
I agree spot on. Dudley Gillham,
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Jan 20, 2020 4:50AM
Dudley Gillham
Dudley Gillham, apologies, something , not smelting. Predictive text can be annoying sometimes.
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Jan 14, 2020 10:18AM
Dudley Gillham
The information is most interesting but the grammar of the sender leaves smelting to be desired.
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Jan 14, 2020 10:16AM
Gabriel Tanguay
Perfect in an emergency !
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Dec 31, 2019 5:31PM
June Dutt
Very interesting
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Dec 23, 2019 5:56AM
Jannis Blackburn
No would not want to live in an igloo!! I get cold in a warm house!!!! 😃
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Dec 23, 2019 12:38AM
Barbara Porter
But would live in one if I had the perfect heatalator living with me.
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Dec 21, 2019 7:58PM
Barbara Porter
No, and no.
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Dec 21, 2019 7:55PM
Jean-Paul Bard
I’d love to learn how to build an igloo! Living in Canada, we used to build snow ‘forts’ when I was younger, but never built an actual igloo.
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Dec 19, 2019 7:38PM
Brigitte Kurowski-Wilson
I would n,t mind to try one out.
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Dec 15, 2019 3:44PM
erica c sgro
I wouldn't be able to live there without getting a lot of panic attacks that it might collapse!
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Dec 14, 2019 8:59AM
Helga U. Williams
Very informative. Thank you!
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Dec 13, 2019 7:43PM
Cheryl McMeekin
Very interesting, can't handle cold weather, so I'll just stay where I'm at.
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Dec 13, 2019 4:24PM
Todd Cates
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Dec 12, 2019 3:07PM
Audrey
True Facts💯💯💯💯💯💯
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Dec 11, 2019 9:26PM

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