9 Interesting Facts About Igloo

Did you know the word igloo translates to “house” and can be used for houses made up of any material? Stereotypical-ly, igloo is associated with snow-y places of Canada and Greenland. Not much is known to many people about this scientifically made structure so here we are to the rescue, writing about some interesting facts related to it.


1. Meaning

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The meaning of igloo is “shelter”, generally made  by the Inuit people out of snow. They are made up of snow bricks and can comprise of 20 people at a time.
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2. For Family

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Igloos were just temporary winter shelters built by Inuit hunters for accommodating their families while on a hunting trip.
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3. The Pace

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The speed of igloo making can be about 1 hour per igloo if the maker is really quick.
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4. Tools

The only tools that would be required to build an igloo would be a saw and snow spade.
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5. Kinds of Igloo


There are mostly three kinds of igloo. The smallest one was for temporary usage. The inter-mediate size was for semi-permanent dwelling but the largest one was made by a batch of two and could accommodate up to 20 people.
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6. Strength

A full grown man can stand on an igloo  head without being afraid of it getting collapsed.
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7. Insulators

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Now, mostly people do not know but snow and ice work as insulators. An igloo traps body heat so the people inside act as a furnace by providing their own heat. 
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8. Temperature Differences

igloo and whiskey

Even with an outside temperature of minus 50 degree, the inside temperature of an igloo can be made to reach up to 60 degrees.
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9. The Scienceigloo finds


The snow begins to melt slightly on the inside of the igloo after a few days when occupied. During the times when it’s unoccupied, the melted snow freezes. The gradual thawing and freezing turn the structure to ice, making it stronger and warmer on the inside.
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