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Inuvik, Igloo Church, Northwest Territories, Canada 05
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Inuvik, Igloo Church, Northwest Territories, Canada 05
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Description : The church was designed by a local Catholic missionary, Brother Maurice Larocque, and was largely built by volunteers. Construction began in 1958 and took two years. The problem facing anyone building in the Arctic is that the permafrost (that layer of ground that remains frozen year round) must be shielded from melting or the building on top of it will shift and settle and, consequently, be damaged. Brother Larocque came up with a unique solution for the igloo church. It would have a double shell and would sit on a gravel-filled, saucerlike structure that would be set into the ground. The design, Brother Larocque correctly deduced, would prevent heat from the building from transferring to the permafrost.

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