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(ĭg`lo͞o) [Inuit,=house]. The Eskimos traditionally had three types of houses. A summer house, which was basically a tent, a winter house, which was usually partially dug into the ground and covered with earth; and a snow or ice house. The latter was a dome-shaped dwelling constructed of blocks of snow placed in an ascending spiral with a low tunnel entrance. Although it can provide adequate protection for weeks in severe cold, it was used almost exclusively as a temporary shelter while traveling.


An Inuit house constructed of snow blocks or various other materials such as wood, sod, poles and skins; when of snow, a domed structure is employed.

What does it mean when you dream about an igloo?

Dreaming about an igloo might refer to a home life that one feels is “cold,” or a parent one feels was aloof. Alternatively, an igloo can be shelter against the threatening cold.

igloo, iglu

A hemispherical shell, built by Eskimos of blocks of ice or packed snow as a temporary dwelling for a single family; usually about 10 to 15 feet (3 to 4.5 m) in diameter at its base, with the floor often partially below the surrounding terrain. Daylight within was provided by one or more blocks of relatively transparent freshwater ice, or by an opening covered with a piece of translucent seal intestine. Entry was usually along a domed passageway.


, iglu
a hollow made by a seal in the snow over its breathing hole in the ice
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Interested travelers may choose from multiple housing options-such as log cabins with glass dome porches, snow igloos, traditional houses, and the premier igloos with glass ceilings.
Though temperatures outside may sink to below - 30 C the temperature inside the snow igloos constantly remain between -3 C and -6 C so that you will never feel cold.
Lot B: Washing Service, maintenance and replacement without supply container curb (wheels), maintenance and replacement without igloo container supply and servicing of underground containers in the Alto Guadalquivir and which are Adamuz municipalities, Bujalance, CaEete de las Torres, Cardena, El Carpio, Montoro, Pedro Abad, Villa del Rio and Villafranca.
Julie Tait, director of Kendal Arts International, said: "From mint igloos to fire villages, Mintfest 2012 promises to entertain, amaze and surprise with a mix of contemporary street performance.
It has been used in art and design and technology lessons when we have built an igloo, and in science we've looked at how compacted ice can be used.
Igloos are beautiful inside, but so cold you can see your breath.
Body heat generated from those inside keeps the igloo relatively warm, at 45F to 60F while outside it can plunge to -40F.
Igloos are built from snow that is packed into thick, hard blocks.
One of the more bizarre breaks on offer this winter includes an overnight stay in a Swiss igloo village.
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At Castello di Rivoli, on the other hand, curator Ida Gianelli dedicated one room exclusively to Merz's igloos, showing the historic Giap Igloo and Objet cache-toil, 1968, as well as later examples such as Chiaro oscuro (Light and Dark), 1983.