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• Approximately 25 ppm

• Made from .999 pure tantalum and structured distilled water

• Made using the process of low voltage electrolysis

• It is a clear liquid that flocculates white, Virtually tasteless

• Suggested to begin with 1-2 drops sublingually per day, but can be consumed in larger amounts as desired

The name is derived from the legendary Greek figure King Tantalus. Tantalus was a Greek mythological figure, most famous for his eternal punishment in Tartarus. He was made to stand in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, with the fruit ever eluding his grasp, and the water always receding before he could take a drink. He was the father of Pelops, Niobe and Broteas, and was a son of Zeus and the nymph Plouto. Thus, like other heroes in Greek mythology such as Theseus and the Dioskouroi, Tantalus had both a hidden, divine parent and a mortal one.

The story of Tantalus

"The Conflict Element"

Joseph Conrad once called the Congo "the vilest scramble for loot that ever disfigured the history of human conscience"—which, boy, is saying something. Unfortunately, we've had little reason to revise that assessment lately. There's a good chance that an element you're carrying around in your pocket right now helped escalate the horrific civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo that has raged for a decade and a half now.

It all traces back to the expansion of modern electronics to all corners of the periodic table. According to a recent story in the Guardian, electronic chips in the 1980s used about a dozen elements. Today, that figure is closer to 60. One of those newly useful elements is tantalum, Element 73. Tantalum is dense, heat-resistant, and noncorrosive, and it holds a charge well—qualities that make it vital for cell phones. (Its cousin on the periodic table, niobium, also works, though not quite as well.) And as cell phone sales increased worldwide from practically zero in 1991 to 1 billion in 2001, the demand for tantalum skyrocketed, too.

This should have been a boon for Congo, which has 60 percent of the world's tantalum reserves, but the country was in chaos during that time. It sits next door to Rwanda, and one day in 1996 the ousted Rwandan government spilled into Congo seeking refuge. Their enemies pursued them. At the time, this seemed just to extend the Rwandan conflict a few miles west. In retrospect, this brush fire blew right into centuries of accumulated racial kindling. Tribes in Congo used the skirmishes that followed as an excuse to start attacking one another, and things escalated quickly. Eventually, nine countries and 200 ethnic tribes, each with its own ancient alliances and unsettled grudges, were warring in the jungles of Central Africa.

But the battles never would have gotten so intense without tantalum. Tantalum ore—especially a tantalum/niobium mineral called coltan—fetched around $200,000 per ton by the early 2000s, and buyers desperate to meet quotas often didn't bother inquiring about the source of the goods they were buying. And unlike other mineral wealth in the region (gold, diamonds), gathering tantalum required little more than a shovel and a sturdy back. It practically oozed out of the ground in local creeks and riverbeds, a thick gray mud easy to collect and transport. A farmer could earn 20 times what he did before by "mining" tantalum, and many Congolese soon abandoned their farms for prospecting, upsetting Congo's already shaky food supply. Most of the new miners didn't know what the tantalum was for, nor did they care. They knew only that Westerners paid a lot of money for it—and that they, the Congolese, could use the proceeds to buy guns or support local militias.

The result would have made Conrad blanch. Some incidents were merely sad—like the butchering of gorillas for meat by desperate citizens. Other events seem ripe for international war-crime investigations—like mass, tactical rape sprees.

The world demand for cell phones and tantalum obviously didn't cause the troubles in the Congo. Ethnic hatred did. It's clear, however, that the fire wouldn't have burned so hot without the influx of coltan cash. The war reached its height between about 1998 and 2001—at which point cell phone makers finally realized what was happening in the jungle. And to their credit, they banded together and began to buy tantalum and niobium from Australia, even though it cost more. Congo soon cooled down.

But despite an official truce ending the war in 2003, the war never really died in parts of the country. And lately, the high demand for another element used in consumer goods, tin, has begun to fund even more fighting. In all, more than 5 million people have died in Congo in a little more than 15 years, making it the most deadly war on earth since World War II. It's proof that, in addition to all the uplifting moments the periodic table has inspired, its valuable contents can also bring out humankind's worst, most inhuman instincts.

Uses

Tantalum causes no immune response in mammals, so has found wide use in the making of surgical implants. It can replace bone, for example in skull plates; as foil or wire it connects torn nerves; and as woven gauze it binds abdominal muscle.

It is very resistant to corrosion and so is used in equipment for handling corrosive materials. It has also found uses as electrodes for neon lights, AC/DC rectifiers and in glass for special lenses.

Tantalum alloys can be extremely strong and have been used for turbine blades, rocket nozzles and nose caps for supersonic aircraft.

One of the main uses of tantalum is in the production of electronic components. An oxide layer which forms on the surface of tantalum can act as an insulating (dielectric) layer. Because tantalum can be used to coat other metals with a very thin layer, a high capacitance can be achieved in a small volume. This makes tantalum capacitors attractive for portable electronics such as mobile phones.

Tantalum is not included as noble metals despite the fact that it is very resistant to corrosion.

Tantalum belongs to an important class of metals known as Refractory metals. Refractory metals are extraordinarily resistant to heat and wear. Included in this class are the five metals Tungsten, Molybdenum, Niobium, Tantalum and Rhenium.

 

Metaphysical

Tantalum can be used to deflect and protect against negativity. Acts to preserve one from being victimized by the energy of another. Has been used as an energy deflector and is an excellent stone for those who may be exposed to excessive amounts of radiation. Provides an increase in physical endurance and emotional equilibrium.

Tantalum is a great for the stimulus of creativity, ideas and inspirational images and the joining of the thought with the action of making it become a reality.

It is a wonderful stone when used for grounding the First Chakra. It allows for emotional well being and physical stability. It works with the First Chakra in bringing us to a central place of security and balance with our family and sense of self. It can be utilized in the stimulation of trigger points for musculoskeletal, coronary disorders and anxiety.

 

 

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