Interesting igloo facts

August 18, 2010 | In: Random interesting fact

The term “igloo” comes from the Inuit word “iglu” which means “house”.

Igloos, or snow houses, are remarkable structures built by many cultures living in particularly cold and snowy areas.

Igloos were usually temporary winter shelters built by Inuit hunters for their families while on a hunting trip.

Igloos are actually made from a spiral of ice blocks, not rows of ice blocks

Although other countries such as Alaska and Greenland had igloos, the structure was predominantly seen in central and western Canada

The best ice blocks are from snowbanks formed by a single snowstorm, and not from a series of snowstorms which make the ice easy to break

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