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What is an Igloo house made of?

Asked by M. Wright, Last updated: Mar 27, 2020

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K. Keturah

K. Keturah

Answered Jan 08, 2020

An igloo is a structure that is made of compacted bricks of snow, and it is sometimes called a "snow house." Igloos are entirely built of snow blocks, and the Inuit tribes have mostly formed them. Other Inuit groups have used snow to insulate their homes that are fashioned from different materials like whalebone and hides.

The igloo is built in a shape that resembles a paraboloid, which is a geometric shape. Utilizing this shape makes the stress from snow highly unlikely. Often, a simple knife is all you need to construct the shape and build of the igloo house.

 

S. Sergius

S. Sergius

Answered Jan 08, 2020

A typical Igloo house is made of ice. Igloo houses are not built on any land; they will not last long. Igloo house is mostly or majorly built on the ice, and they use ice to build them. In a few cases, just a single block of pure and clear ice is used in order to allow air to penetrate into the building. In order to keep the house warm, animal skins are usually used as door flaps. Some Igloo houses are made for the purpose of the shelter period; they are used as winter shelters.

The ones that are built for this purpose usually have a bed inside them. And the bed is made of caribou furs and ice. However, Igloo houses are built with snow, being well compacted together. Thus, the construction body is not really a snow-like, but of ice. They are closely packed, and the walls built with compacted snows are made to curve inward. Igloo houses are not always really big; they are usually smaller than normal house construction.

 

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