The Diomede Islands: Tomorrow Island & Yesterday Isle

Diomede Islands

Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • strait: a narrow waterway
  • The International Date Line: an imaginary line in the middle of the Pacific Ocean where the time zones on either side are 24 hours apart
  • border: a line that defines the ownership of a region
  • time zone: one of 24 divisions of time around the world
  • nickname: to call a person or thing a fun, shortened, or memorable name

The Diomede Islands: Tomorrow Island & Yesterday Isle

Big Diomede and Little Diomede are two in the Bering Strait between Alaska and Siberia. Big Diomede belongs to Russia and Little Diomede the US. The International Date Line runs in between the islands and acts as an border. Even though the distance between them is only four kilometres, they are 21 hours apart due to local time zones. For this reason, they were nicknamed Tomorrow Island (Big) and Yesterday Isle (Little). In the winter, the flat-topped islands are sometimes by an ice bridge.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Which nation owns Big Diomede?
  2. How far is Big Diomede from Little Diomede?
  3. Why are these closely situated islands nicknamed Tomorrow Island and Yesterday Isle?

Discussion Questions: Do you live in a different time zone from a close friend or family member? What difficulties does this cause?

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