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Additional Notes - Cool as Ice

Original Article - Cool as Ice.

Reading up information and writing this article has been such a fun experience for me. Igloos always seemed magical to me - using ice to keep warm. I knew so little about them, but I had a feeling that there's a lot to say about them. I had so much fun reading about them that I felt I had to share it. Everyone I met for a few days had to hear me ramble on about igloos for a long while.

This wasn't the second article that I wrote, but the third. I wanted to watch the 'Magic School Bus' episode where they go to the arctic (season 3, episode 2).  The first time I watched this episode, I was around 10 years old and ever since then, whenever I would think about an igloo, I would think about that episode. It turns out that the igloo in the episode looks nothing like I remember it, though. That specific episode gave me an idea for another article, which didn't require any reading up and it ended up being finished before this one was. When I started putting articles on the website, I had 4-5 finished articles - some more experimental than others, as I was trying out different ideas. I decided to start with the two articles that I felt would be interesting to most people.

There is another way to warm an igloo that I did not mention in the article - using heat that radiates from the ground. In the summer, the sun is shining upon the ground every day and a generous amount of heat is being absorbed by the ground. Then, in winter, a layer of snow covers the ground and insulates it. trapping a lot of the heat that was accumulated during the summer in the ground. In the article I mentioned that you can build the igloo in the whole that you formed while carving snow blocks. Well, if you dig deep enough and reach all the way to the ground, it will radiate the trapped heat into you igloo.

Another way to build an igloo is by finding a pile of snow, or artificially pile up some snow, and hollow it out. This type of instant igloo is actually called a Quinzhee, and a lot of people build one just for the fun of it.. Here's how to pronounce the word quinzhee, just like the Inuits do.

When I started looking for information about igloos, I decided to start at the beginning - By simply googling the word 'igloo'. Naturally then, I started by reading the Wiki page and New World Encyclopedia page. I then found this page on PhysLink.com, which gave me a short answer for most of the questions I had about the subject. The information from PhysLink gave me some ground to stand on and gave me directions for more specific research.

I found an interesting answer to the 'Big Igloo Question'. Unfortunately, it is not signed with a name, and the domain now forwards to a page for Nomad Productions.

Something neat that I found is a patent for a device for rapid deployment of igloos. Using devices like these to build igloos is a bit cheating, yes. Still, an interesting read.

Here's an article from the Guinness World Records website about the world's largest snow igloo.  Check out the time-lapse video of the building process, it's amazing.

    Thank you for reading,