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WHY DO SOME PEOPLE LIVE IN IGLOOS?

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The Inuit, and other Artic populations, have used igloos as temporary shelters for thousands of years, especially during a hunting trip. As you may already know igloos are made of snow blocks, usually of equal size rectangles, and are round in shape and domed with one entrance (facing away from the wind). They kind of look like a turtle with its head out and legs tucked. The builder builds around in a circle using the snow pack on the inside therefore, the floor of the igloo is below the surface, which also adds to the protection, provided by the structure. As shelters they provide the hunters with moderate warmth since they cut out the wind, contain body heat as well as any lamp heat, but not as much as you would expect. The temperature inside an igloo can still be below zero, but when the outside is -40 degrees this probably feels pretty good. Igloos are surprisingly strong and can hold the weight of the builder standing on top. The important thing about igloos is that they are ... more
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