Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

, Volume 85, Issue 3, pp 301–306

Analysis of Arsenic Concentrations and Correlation in Water, Soil and Aurum by Neutron Activation Analysis Technique: A Case Study in Bagerhat, Bangladesh

  • S. M. A. Abdullah
  • M. T. Islam
  • S. Z. Islam
  • Iqbal Hossain
  • M. Samsuzzoha
  • M. D. Hossain
  • S. A. Latif
  • F. M. A. Islam
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00128-010-0075-0

Cite this article as:
Abdullah, S.M.A., Islam, M.T., Islam, S.Z. et al. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol (2010) 85: 301. doi:10.1007/s00128-010-0075-0

Abstract

Arsenic concentrations were measured in water, soil and arum (vegetables) samples using the Neutron Activation Analysis method and a correlation between arsenic concentrations in the samples was investigated. The case study at Bagerhat, Bangladesh revealed that almost all the water samples were contaminated by a hazardous level of arsenic that exceeding the World Health Organization recommended value of 0.05 mg/L for Bangladesh. Arsenic concentration of all the water samples ranged from 0.09 to 0.87 mg/L. The concentrations in soil and aurum samples were found to be in the range of 2.22–35.21 and 0.07–0.73 mg/kg, respectively. A positive correlation between arsenic concentrations in soil and water samples was observed. Aurum sample was found to be contaminated by arsenic to a harmful level if the corresponding water sample was also highly contaminated.

Keywords

ArsenicNeutron activation analysisAurumSame origin

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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. M. A. Abdullah
    • 1
  • M. T. Islam
    • 2
  • S. Z. Islam
    • 3
  • Iqbal Hossain
    • 4
  • M. Samsuzzoha
    • 4
  • M. D. Hossain
    • 5
  • S. A. Latif
    • 6
  • F. M. A. Islam
    • 7
  1. 1.SAARC Meteorological Research CentreAgargaon, DhakaBangladesh
  2. 2.School of ChemistryThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia
  3. 3.School of Economics, Finance and MarketingRMTI UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.Faculty of Engineering and Industrial ScienceSwinburne University of Technology (SUT)MelbourneAustralia
  5. 5.Department of PhysicsJahangirnagar UniversityDhakaBangladesh
  6. 6.Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (INST)Atomic Energy Research Establishment (ARRE)DhakaBangladesh
  7. 7.Department of Mathematics and ComputingUniversity of Southern QueenslandToowoombaAustralia