1st Edition

Bangladesh Geosciences and Resources Potential

    632 Pages 211 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book focuses on the potential natural resources of Bangladesh from Precambrian to recent times and their detailed geological background. Natural resources and their management are important for the sustainable economic development of a country. Focusing on the geological setting of the Bengal Basin, Bangladesh Geosciences and Resources Potential introduces and comprehensively describes the depositional environments, status and prospects of the potential natural resources of Bangladesh. Individual chapters outline the potential resources comprising a wide range of deposit types across the country. A selective overview of these natural resources—metallic minerals, coal, limestone, hydrocarbon, peat, placer deposits, surface, groundwater and so forth—is provided with relevant references. The book gives a synthesis of the issues in the mineral, hydrocarbon and water resource sectors from a resource-economic perspective.


    • Provides a geoscientific knowledge of the potential natural resources with relevant maps, figures and tables pertaining to the Bangladesh region
    • Explains the resource-economic context, geomorphology and sustainable land use and the effects of climate change on both surface water and groundwater resources
    • Discusses resource potentials based on systematic geological stages
    • Presents the resources of renewable energy and discusses how to increase their use and effectiveness
    • Reinforces basic geological processes and outcomes with an understanding of resource geology and constraints on natural resource management

    This book is aimed at researchers, graduate students and professionals in geology, energy and mineral resources, hydrogeology, water resources engineering, the environmental sciences and resource exploration and planning.

    1. Introduction to Bangladesh Geosciences and Resources Potential

    Khalil R. Chowdhury, Md. Sakawat Hossain and Md. Sharif Hossain Khan

    2. Precambrian Basement Rock of Bangladesh and Its Metallic Minerals

    S. M. Mahbubul Ameen, Al-Tamini Tapu and Md. Sakawat Hossain

    3. Gondwana Deposits of the Bengal Basin (Bangladesh) and Coal Potential

    Md. Nehal Uddin

    4. Limestone Deposits of Bangladesh and Their Potential

    Md. Nehal Uddin

    5. Petroleum System of Bangladesh and Its Hydrocarbon Reserves and Resources

    A. H. M. Shamsuddin

    6. Hydrocarbon Resource Potentials of Bangladesh

    Badrul Imam

    7. Peat Resources in Bangladesh and Challenges for Their Development

    Md. Mushfiqur Rahman and Md. Sharif Hossain Khan

    8. Placer Deposits of Bangladesh and Their Potential Commercialisation

    Eunuse Akon, Mohammad Zafrul Kabir and Mohammad Nazim Zaman

    9. Resource Potentials of the Marine Areas of Bangladesh

    Sirajur Rahman Khan

    10. Geomorphology of Bangladesh and Potential Land Use

    A. K. M. Khorshed Alam and Md. Sharif Hossain Khan

    11. Groundwater Resources, Challenges and Governance in the Bengal Basin, Bangladesh

    Anwar Zahid

    12. River-Borne Sediments of Bangladesh and Their Economic Importance

    Mohammad Nazim Zaman, Pradip Kumar Biswas, Md. Aminur Rahman, A. S. M. Mehedi Hasan and Eunuse Akon

    13. The Surface Water System, Flood and Water Resources Management of Bangladesh

    Saiful Alam, Sarwat Jahan and Fahmida Noor

    14. Global Climate Change and Its Effects on the Water Resources of Bangladesh

    Md. Khalequzzaman

    15. Renewable Energy and Its Prospects in Bangladesh

    Shahriar Ahmed Chowdhury and Shakila Aziz


    Professor Dr. Khalil R. Chowdhury did his graduation at the Department of Geology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, Dilom-Geologe and Dr. rer. nat. from the University of Cologne, Germany, and Post Doctorate from the University of Liege, Belgium. Dr. Chowdhury has experience in teaching and research in Geological Sciences at Jahangirnagar University and research at the University of Cologne and the University of Liege for more than 40 years. He was the founding chairman of the Department of Geological Sciences of Jahangirnagar University, and supervised and examined scores of Masters and Ph.D. theses. He served as the editor of the Bangladesh Geoscience Journal and Bangladesh Journal of Geology for about three decades. Dr. Chowdhury is specialised in palaeontology, stratigraphy, oceanography, petroleum geology and environmental geology.

    Professor Dr. Md. Sakawat Hossain, faculty member in the Department of Geological Sciences of Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, is specialised in structural geology and active tectonics, and has a keen interest in the field of geology. He did B.Sc. and M.S. in Geological Sciences from Jahangirnagar University, M.Sc. in Earth Physics from the Australian National University, and Dr. rer. nat. in Structural Geology from the Technical University Munich. Dr. Hossain was selected as a visiting scientist in 2019 and as a visiting professor in 2021 in the IGG-CAS (Beijing) with CAS President's International Fellowship Initiative. He is also serving as an editorial member of the Bangladesh Geoscience Journal since 2016.

    Professor Dr. Md. Sharif Hossain Khan graduated from the Department of Geology, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh and Ph.D. from the Department of Earth Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), India. Dr. Khan has been working as a faculty member at the Department of Geological Sciences, Jahangirnagar University for more than 28 years. Dr. Khan supervised and examined several Masters and Ph.D. theses, and has research interest in geomorphology, active tectonics, sedimentology and stratigraphy. Dr. Khan is serving as the editor of the Bangladesh Geoscience Journal since 2018.