Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry

, Volume 319, Issue 1, pp 471–484 | Cite as

Studies on heavy mineral placers from eastern coast of Odisha, India by instrumental neutron activation analysis

  • Rahat Khan
  • Shayantani Ghosal
  • Debashish SenguptaEmail author
  • Umma Tamim
  • Syed Mohammod Hossain
  • Sudha Agrahari


The study shows geochemical characterization of placer deposit in parts of coastal Odisha, India using Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis (INAA). Twenty seven elements were estimated in ten heavy mineral beach sand samples. The characterisation was mostly based on the trace element, radioactive element and Rare Earth Element (REE) content of the bulk sand samples. The results indicate elevated concentration of thorium and the REE’s. The concentration of Scandium has been reported for the first time along this area. Positive correlation between thorium and REE was observed in beach placer samples collected from study area.


Eastern Coast of India Rare Earth Elements Monazite Scandium Trace Elements Heavy Minerals 



The work has been funded by the Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), DST, Govt. of India, under the Project Code: YSS/2015/000979. We acknowledge their financial assistance. We are also thankful to the technical personnel associated with this study, especially to the persons involved in the TRIGA Mark II research reactor operation at the Center for Research Reactor, AERE, Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, Bangladesh.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rahat Khan
    • 1
  • Shayantani Ghosal
    • 2
  • Debashish Sengupta
    • 2
    Email author
  • Umma Tamim
    • 1
  • Syed Mohammod Hossain
    • 1
    • 3
  • Sudha Agrahari
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Nuclear Science and TechnologyBangladesh Atomic Energy CommissionSavar, DhakaBangladesh
  2. 2.Department of Geology and GeophysicsIndian Institute of Technology KharagpurKharagpurIndia
  3. 3.Human Resources DivisionBangladesh Atomic Energy CommissionDhakaBangladesh

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