About Campo del Cielo Meteorites

(From Campo del Cielo, Gran Chaco Gualamba, Argentina)


Nickel-Iron Meteorites

Key Words: Kundalini activation, inner vision, spiritual awakening, patience and persistent in regards to spiritual growth.

Element: Fire

Chakras: Root (1st), Solar Plexus (3rd), Third Eye (6th), Crown (7th)

Nickel-Iron meteorites vibrate with an almost electrical intensity. They have the capacity to activate the Kundalini channel along the spine, bringing the usually dormant spiritual fire which exists in all human beings into full force. These stones conduct the energy of the stars, the Saura Agni of the Hindu Vedas, the hidden energy that animates the Universe. When ones stir this energy within the self, great awakening and great changes can happen very quickly, whether one believes or not. Yet the effect varies widely among people. Some will feel nothing at all, because their vibratory rate is too low to resonate with what emanates from these meteorites.

Others will feel over-stimulated and will want to get away from them. This may be because the emotional body is not strong enough to tolerate the potential transformation these stones engender. However, there will be those who are perfectly prepared to make the leap into the cosmic energies the Nickel-Iron Meteorites embody. For these individuals, a great journey will have begun.

Nickel-Iron meteorites stimulate the third-eye and crown chakras. Thus they are stones that act as catalyst for inner vision and spiritual awakening. Yet they also activate the root chakra and solar plexus. The root chakra is the seat of the kundalini energies, and these stones can awaken them as has been said. Yet because of their nickel-iron composition they also provide an anchor of grounding which is much needed in order to handle everything else the do.  In addition, Nickel-Iron meteorites stimulate the solar plexus, the chakra of action and will. This facilitates the process by which one determines the appropriate action to honor the gifts of awakening and transformation these stones provide. The value of a beautiful vision or inspired insight, or even the fiery serpent of kundalini, can be lost or wasted if one takes no action afterwards.

Nickel-Iron meteorites harmonize especially well with Moldavite, which echoes and magnifies their transformational energies as well as their cosmic connection. Libyan Desert Glass, another stone with its roots in the heavens, can increase the focus on the third chakra and its energies of action and manifestation through the will. Tibetan Tektites will add even more fire to the kundalini activation these meteorites initiate.

Nickel-Iron Meteorites is a purely metallic meteorite that combines the energies of Iron and Nickel metals. These often reveal beautiful geometric patterns within their metallic structure.

Spiritual: Nickel-Iron Meteorites helps those who are impatient for spiritual growth and so focus more on the outcome than the process. It can assist one in developing patience and constancy and in enjoying the structure of routine in one’s life. These allies carry “Monk” energy, in that they assist one in finding the spiritual in the most mundane task and repetitive routines. They are helpful in seeing projects through to completion and facilitating one’s understanding of the structure that is necessary to bring an idea into being.

Emotional: Nickel-Iron Meteorites are grounding and protective for the emotional body. They aid in approaching issues with a clear sense of direction and can prevent one from wallowing in difficulties. They bring emotional balance and help one develop wisdom from emotional experiences. They keep one from “flying off the handle” or reacting impetuously.

Basic Information

  •    Location: Campo del Cielo, Gran Chaco Gualamba, Argentina, about 500 miles north-northwest of Buenos Aries. Latitude 27 degrees 39 minutes South, Longitude 61 degrees 44 minutes West.
  •     Structural Class: Coarse octahedrite, Og, Widmanstatten bandwidth 3.0 ±0.6 mm.
  •       Chemical Class: Group I, 6.68% Ni, 0.43% Co, 0.25% P, 87 ppm Ga, 407 ppm Ge, 3.6 ppm Ir.
  •          Time of Fall: 4,000 to 6,000 years ago.


The first record of the Campo was in 1576. A Spanish governor learned of the iron from the Indians who reportedly believed that it had fallen from heaven. The governor sent an expedition under the command of one Captain de Miraval who brought back a few pieces of a huge iron mass he called Meson de Fierro (large table of iron).

The location of the find was the Campo del Cielo (field of the sky or heaven), a fitting name for the location of a meteorite. Since the Indians believed that the irons fell from heaven the name may have come from the meteorites. The area is an open brush-covered plain that has little water and no other rocks--very good country in which to locate meteorites.

The next record of Campo Del Cielo meteorites was about 200 years later in the late 1770s. The Spanish thought some pieces might be silver ore, but once they tried to process it, they found that it was only iron. A Spanish navy lieutenant excavated one specimen which he believed weighed 14 to 18 tons. This may have been the Meson de Fierro. He left the mass in place and it was not seen again--or was it?

In the 1800s more smaller irons were found. A pair of flintlock pistols reportedly made of this material were given to President James Monroe. Later analyses showed that the iron was not meteoritic. In the 1900s. systematic exploration revealed many more large masses; however, the Meson de Fierro remained lost.

In 1992, American meteorite dealer Robert Haag was arrested by Argentine authorities while transporting a 37 ton meteorite from the area. Haag had purchased the mass from a local person who claimed ownership.

Unfortunately, the authorities disagreed. Haag was released and the huge meteorite remains in Argentina. Whether this is the famous Meson de Fierro remains for speculation.

The Craters

The larger Campo del Cielo meteorites are found in and around a series of small craters in the southwestern part of the strewn field. The largest crater is 78 by 65 meters. A smaller one is 56 meters in diameter and 5 meters deep. Altogether, searchers have found at least 12 craters.

The main part of the crater-forming mass was found in each of these craters. This is in contrast to Canyon Diablo and Odessa where the main crater-forming mass is believed to have vaporized or shattered on impact. In this respect, the field is similar to Sikhote-Alin.

Time of the Fall

Scientists have attempted to date the Campo fall by carbon dating of charred wood found in the craters. Dates of 5800 years (plus or minus 200 years) and 3950 years (plus or minus 90 years) have been obtained. These dates are consistent with an Indian oral tradition that the irons fell from heaven.

Many of the Campo meteorites are highly rusted and corroded by terrestrial chlorides, however some have significant areas of relatively fresh fusion crust. This too, is an indicator of a fall in the not-too-distant past.

Structure of the Campo del Cielo Meteorite

The Campo del Cielo is described as a polycrystalline coarse octahedrite. At 3 mm the Widmanstatten bands are thicker than those at Canyon Diablo or Odessa, but still thin enough to have the same coarse octahedrite classification.

The mass was composed of large austenite crystals from 5 to 50 cm in size. On break-up the fragments were cold worked like those at Sikhote-Alin and Gibeon. It has been hypothesized that the original body was tabular in shape and broke up on entry into the atmosphere.

Chemistry of the Campo del Cielo Meteorite

The Campo del Cielo is classified in Group I, 6.68% Ni, 0.43% Co, 0.25% P, 87 ppm Ga, 407 ppm Ge, 3.6 ppm Ir. Of course, almost all the remaining portion of the meteorite is iron.

The important minerals are:

  •     Kamacite--this iron nickel alloy makes about 90 percent of specimens in finger size and width crystals. Neumann bands are common.
  •     Taenite and plessite, the other iron-nickel alloy constituents are found at grain boundaries.
  •           Schreibersite is uncommon.
  •    Troilite is found aggregates with graphite and silicates.


Anyone can benefit from the subtle energies of healing, but it is not meant as a substitute for seeking medical advice from a qualified medical practitioner. The information about the metaphysical properties of stones on this website is intuitive and not scientifically verified. This field is speculative and exploratory. Individuals need to use discrimination to determine what is true for them. We cannot guarantee any results with any stone or jewelry item. We do not advocate the use of stones as a substitute for medical or psychological care. Our stones are not intended to treat or cure any disease.


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