I read an interesting article today on the BBC News site about Samoa changing time zones again this year. In doing so they will move to the west side of the International Date Line and jump ahead one day. At the bottom of that article there is a link to A Brief History of Time Zones.
A Brief History of Time Zones includes an interactive globe that tells the history of the development of timezones. The interactive globe also includes many videos and links to explanations of things like why China has just one timezone while Russia has nine. Have you ever wondered what timezone people use in Antarctica? A Brief History of Time Zones has an answer for you.
Applications for Education
A Brief History of Time Zones could be a useful supplement to a geography or history lesson about time zones. Students can pick up information about the roles of industry and politics in the use and development of time zones.