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
    • SAARC Meteorological Research Centre
    • School of ChemistryThe University of Melbourne
  • S. Z. Islam
    • School of Economics, Finance and MarketingRMTI University
  • Iqbal Hossain
    • Faculty of Engineering and Industrial ScienceSwinburne University of Technology (SUT)
  • M. Samsuzzoha
    • Faculty of Engineering and Industrial ScienceSwinburne University of Technology (SUT)
  • M. D. Hossain
    • Department of PhysicsJahangirnagar University
  • S. A. Latif
    • Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology (INST)Atomic Energy Research Establishment (ARRE)
  • F. M. A. Islam
    • Department of Mathematics and ComputingUniversity of Southern Queensland

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


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.


ArsenicNeutron activation analysisAurumSame origin

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