Igloo: live in ice

Ice is an environmentally friendly building material, and if an ice house is lined inside with insulating material such as fur, it is remarkably comfortable. But: will the igloo reach 2100? Maybe. In an unexpected place ...

Polar bears are very strong and always on the lookout for food. A sturdy igloo is therefore not an unnecessary luxury ...

Greenland doesn't exactly live up to its name (coined by the crafty Norwegian Leif Eriksson to lure settlers). Only the extreme southern tip is green. The rest of the huge island is covered with pack ice. Until recently, the only people who could survive in the harsh north of the island were the Inuit. They developed a way of life that exploited the limited local resources to the full. For example, a smart Inuit invention is the igloo. A dome of ice blocks offers good protection against the cold, especially when the ice inside is covered with fur and the entrance to the igloo layer is constructed, which results in an effective insulating air lock.

It is true that climate change and the advancing modern life have hit this peak of traditional technology, but there are still architects who are experimenting with buildings made of ice. Temporary ice hotels are very popular in Scandinavia (but not very comfortable).

However, ice is a very suitable building material for the icy moons who are around Jupiter to turn. At the very low temperatures on, for example, Ganymede, Europe and Callisto is ice as hard as stone. It is easy to handle, abundant, and (if thick enough) provides fairly effective protection against the deadly radiation on these distant icy moons. Will we see igloos popping up in the far reaches of the solar system again in half a century? It could very well ...

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