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A modern tale of Alchemy

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Introduction to 20th Century Alchemy by Joe E. Champion


From centuries before the reign of Cleopatra, the luster of gold has mesmerized mankind. Kings and rulers alike summoned their magicians and commissioned physicians to partake in the studies of alchemy. For even in Fourth Century China, alchemy was elevated to a medical science because the magical concoction of "Drinkable Gold" was considered the elixir of eternal life.

During the early Renaissance, most European monarchs had at least one or two alleged gold makers on their payrolls with exclusive licenses for production of noble metals. With the issuance of a commission, the rulers made laws declaring it illegal for others to practice this mystical art. Even Isaac Newton dabbled in alchemy, as recorded in his journals, and conducted several laboratory experiments to test its applicability.

As modern day science evolved, starting in the middle of the 19th Century, it was assumed as an absolute fact that one could not bring about the change of one element to another without energies stupendously greater than that of any chemical reaction. Thus, the laws of scientific absolutes are once again being challenged.

This book is not about gold, but the transmutation of elements. It is for the hobbyist, the high school chemistry buff, the seekers of knowledge, and whoever wishes to gain an understanding of how the universal formation of elements occurred. You will find simple procedures, where, with basic equipment, one can bring about by nuclear change the transmutation of one element to another.

As I will go into much greater detail later, the cause of change from one element to another only occurs through a nuclear reaction. The discovery I made did nothing to change the universal laws of science. I only defined a new set of condi-tions under which a nuclear reaction can occur.



"Ye who makes thy own gold, makes thy own rules."

J. Champion

In this book, you will learn different procedures on how one synthetically produces gold from a portion of mercury. The reason I chose gold as the primary metal is, for years, gold has become the status symbol of wealth. It's malleable and ductile conditioning makes for beautiful jewelry and artifacts. Gold is produced today from mining. South Africa is producing two-thirds of the world's supply. South Dakota and Nevada are the only two states in the U.S. which are producing commercial quantities. Other countries involved in gold production include Canada, Russia, Brazil and countries within Southeast Asia.

People today have little comprehension of the massive work that is required to make an ounce of gold. For example, an average mining company must process upwards of twenty tons of mineralized ore to produce one troy ounce (31.103 grams) of gold. When the efficiency of the process covered in this text is maximized, it will require the conversion of less than a pound of mercury to produce an ounce of gold and platinum! Tests of the "Champion Process" within the last year have shown the equivalence of up to 32 troy ounces of gold production from one ton of synthesized minerals. This does not take into consideration the platinum and other metals produced in the same operation! Oof course, gold is financially vulnerable due to its relationship to the various international currencies. This was evident in a conversation with Mr. Brian Russell, Consulate For Energy and Mining, South African Embassy, Washington, D.C.. When I asked him for the cost to mine an ounce of gold in South Africa, he immediately asked the question, "What is the value of gold today?" The answer is a numbers game, for if the value of gold is high, they can afford to mine a much lower grade of ore at higher costs, and the reverse when the price is at a lower value.

However, there did appear to be an unwritten rule communicated that day. There would be a major problem for South Africa if the value of gold was to fall beneath, say, $300.00 U.S. per ounce. This is easily rationalized due to the centuries of mining within the country which has depleted their high grade reserves. The point is, with new transmutation technologies, we can create the expensive metals from abundant, inexpensive premined base metals.

Platinum, another precious metal economically valued higher than gold, was discovered in the Ural Mountains of Columbia, South America in 1735. Later, large deposits were found in South Africa. This country now supplies sixty percent of the world's production. Thirty percent is produced in Russia, with the remaining ten percent of the platinum reserves being mined as trace metals in the vast nickel deposits of Ontario, Canada.

In association with platinum, the precious metal industry recognized a series of elements known as the PLATINUM GROUP METALS, or better known as "PGMs." The Platinum Group Metals, in addition to Platinum (Pt) , consist of iridium (Ir) , osmium (0s) , palladium (Pd) , rhodium (Rh) and ruthenium (Ru) . A portion of these metals are now present in your everyday life. For example, palladium, platinum and rhodium can be found in automobile catalytic converters. Their function is to transform, or reduce the harmful engine fumes to non-toxins.

These metals are also found in other similar industrial applications where the reduction of harmful hydrogenous compounds are required. Iridium appears in many fountain pen tips. Palladium is used in numerous hydrogeneration, dehydrogeneration and jewelry applications. Rhodium, the rarest of the PGM's is in high demand for its use in catalytic converters. In the "Champion Process," Rhodium and palladium are created through a nuclear conversion of silver.

The largest natural reserve of silver is located in Mexico which supplies approximately 80% of the world's demand for native silver. Silver, similar to lead, has been labeled a toxic substance by environmental laws. As a result, its use has been curtailed, whereas recycling efforts have been maximized. one of silver's largest industrial requirements is the production of diagnostic x-ray film. Silver consists of two natural isotopes, one of which (107) is partially consumed during the xray process. Because of this selective isotopic consumption, recycled silver is not recommended for the synthetic production of rhodium.

The sporadic rambling to this point was necessary to demonstrate the general requirements of the varying reactions and to illustrate the potential restructuring of wealth between nations. For example, Mexico, as a nation, hosts the largest in-ground reserves of mercury for the Western Hemisphere. Thus, the future of Mexico's importance to the world increases as a supplier of synthetically produced gold and PGM's. The key to the future value of precious metals is not from the advancement of mining techniques, but from the advancement of transmutive techniques made possible by the Champion Process.

If you took a poll now, the skeptics should far outnumber the believers. However, new discoveries are coming forth daily. In March 1993, Life Magazine reported on Lea Potts, a 15-year old high school student who created diamonds with a welding torch in the family's garage. This is a known event within the scientific community. Scientists are now working on ways to create diamonds easier, cheaper and more efficiently.
The world of alchemy opens many new exciting challenges to mankind, as well as setting forth potential disasters. Both topics will be reviewed in Chapter VII.


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