I was wondering what types of houses could be established in a desert which has been covered in snow for the last five years. Wood is somewhat accessible from merchants, and from trips to a neighboring forest, but still somewhat of a hassle. Also, what types of quick shelters could be established with minimal resources?

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    $\begingroup$ What research have you done so far on this topic? Could you include that in your question? $\endgroup$
    – Frostfyre
    Commented Feb 20, 2016 at 18:53
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    $\begingroup$ Have you ever in your life heard the term Eskimo or igloo? $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 21, 2016 at 1:34
  • $\begingroup$ Google "ice hotel" or "Harbin ice festival"! $\endgroup$
    – nigel222
    Commented Feb 22, 2016 at 12:35

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This answer is not yet complete I will add more building types.

  1. Igloo: Compact snow for bricks and build in a dome shape for strength.

    Pros: Free materials easy to find and transport. Quite strong structure. For a house made of snow they are quite warm as long as it is reasonably well sealed.

    Cons: Needs multiple people to build. Can melt in summer. If partially melted, they can collapse.

    Quick note: For a quick house that can be made by one person dig a hole in a snow hill and seal the entrance. These can be dangerous as powdery snow will collapse.

  2. Tent: Use a frame of strong, light sticks in a pyramid shape. Bind them together with some sot of string/twine (Can be made from animal remains) Cover this in a tight fitting piece of fur.

    Pros: Quick and easy to build. Portable, just untie the poles and wrap them in the fur.

    Cons: Can be quite cold, use in summer. Inflammable. Can be damaged quite easily.


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