The table shows forested land in millions of hectares in different parts of the world.

Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant.


The table provides information about the area of forests in six separate continents in the year of 1990, 2000 and 2005.

Overall, there was a downward trend on the area of forests in almost every religions in the world. Meanwhile, Europe saw a significant increase in its forest area.

In 1990, Europe has the largest area of forests in the world with 989 million of hectares, compared to 946 million in South America. While there was a notable rise in the number of forests in Europe, reaching 1001 million in 2005, South American forests shrank by 64 million from 1990 to 2005.

Oceania constantly stood at the bottom of the rank, with 199 million hectares of forests in 1990. The figure then dropped marginally to 197 million in the year of 2005. In contrast, the area of forests in Asia fluctuated slightly, reducing by 6 million from 1990 to 2000 and then growing to 580 million in 2005.

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The table provides information about the area of forests in six separate continents in the year of 1990, 2000 and 2005.

Overall, there was a downward trend on the area of forests in almost every religions in the world. Meanwhile, Europe saw a significant increase in its forest area.


In Task 1, you should be more precise, and use numerical values or mathematical expressions wherever possible.: ...there was a decline in forested acreage in four of the continents, and an increase in two.


In 1990, Europe had (1990 is in the past. Use past tense.) the largest area of forests in the world with 989 million of hectares, compared to 946 million in South America. While there was a notable rise in the number of forests (The table does not show the numbers of forests.) in Europe, reaching 1001 million in 2005, South American forests shrank by 64 million from 1990 to 2005.

Oceania constantly stood at the bottom of the listrank, with 199 million hectares of forests in 1990. The figure This then dropped marginally (use numbers where possible, rather that descriptive words. "by about 1%") to 197 million in the year of 2005. In contrast, the area of forests in Asia fluctuated varied slightly, reducing by 6 million from 1990 to 2000 and then growing to 580 million in 2005.


Vocabulary: Fluctuate

Fluctuate means a rather fast rise and fall relative to a trend line. You see fluctuation on a line graph. Fluctuations can be regular (cyclical) or random. Price fluctuation is very common in markets where buyers and sellers are arguing about final prices. Sometimes the buyer gets a good deal, and sometimes the seller does.

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