How to Build An Igloo

  • By Lexi Krock
  • Posted 02.01.06
  • NOVA

Igloo construction is something anyone can learn to do. Indeed, during his two years studying arctic survival skills from the Netsilik tribe of Inuit on King William Island, polar explorer Roald Amundsen became an expert igloo builder, even though at first, he recalled, "Many a snow block did I get on my head when I tried this work." In this quiz, learn just how to build an igloo.


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This feature originally appeared on the site for the NOVA program Arctic Passage.



(Arctic landscape, tools)
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(Resolute Bay)
Courtesy Russell Potter
(igloo construction)
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(Eskimo sawing ice)
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(Inuit finishing igloo)
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(igloo at night, person in red coat by igloo)
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