Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology

, Volume 85, Issue 3, pp 301-306

First online:

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. AbdullahAffiliated withSAARC Meteorological Research Centre
  • , M. T. IslamAffiliated withSchool of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne Email author 
  • , S. Z. IslamAffiliated withSchool of Economics, Finance and Marketing, RMTI University
  • , Iqbal HossainAffiliated withFaculty of Engineering and Industrial Science, Swinburne University of Technology (SUT)
  • , M. SamsuzzohaAffiliated withFaculty of Engineering and Industrial Science, Swinburne University of Technology (SUT)
  • , M. D. HossainAffiliated withDepartment of Physics, Jahangirnagar University
  • , S. A. LatifAffiliated withInstitute of Nuclear Science and Technology (INST), Atomic Energy Research Establishment (ARRE)
  • , F. M. A. IslamAffiliated withDepartment of Mathematics and Computing, University of Southern Queensland

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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.


Arsenic Neutron activation analysis Aurum Same origin