With record setting snowfall this year, my fellow students and I were presented with the unique opportunity of extra free time on snow days, and a virtually limitless supply of an extremely versatile building material, snow. One morning my roommate and I set out to try and build a sizable igloo, and thanks to the help of many of our classmates, we were successful. The igloo has an internal radius of just over eight feet, and stood strong until the end of March even as the surrounding snow began to melt.
 To provide proper ventilation, there is a two inch diameter hole at each cardinal direction. This ensures that no matter the direction of the wind, at least one hole will remain clear of snow and allow for circulation.
 The positioning of the entrance to the igloo provides a sense of separation from the main community, making it a great place for quite relaxation. It also faces a thick grove of trees, so wind is unlikely to blow directly inside.
 To celebrate its completion, myself and two others slept inside during the infamous Boston blizzard. We dug alcoves for candles to illuminate the space, and the heat from these slowly melted away snow, tunneling upwards.
 The positioning of the igloo in plain view of the dorms inspired many students to come help, and we might not have been able to finish without their support. The last few days of construction the snow would not pack well, so we had to resort to mixing powdered snow with hot water to make slush, which could be used to bind hard packed blocks together.
 A single hole in the top acts as a chimney, which allows small cook stoves to be operated inside.  When occupied, igloos can maintain a temperature up to 40 degrees warmer than that of the outside. This caused the surface inside the igloo to melt and refreeze, forming a strong layer of ice.
 Snow that collected under the chimney.
 The downwards slope at the entrance, as well as the long tunnel helps keep heat inside.
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