A vane It is an object that is installed on top of a construction so that when the wind can turn and indicate your address . It is common for the weather vane to have the shape of an animal, such as a rooster or a horse , although it can also be an arrow or anything else.
Weather vanes, therefore, are devices that have a pointing to reveal the address of the wind. This flag is usually linked to a cross that shows the cardinal points. Thanks to its mechanism, the different parts of the weather vane rotate upon receiving the action of the wind, showing its direction.
In order for them to fulfill their function, the weather vanes must be installed as high as possible . In this way, trees and buildings are prevented from altering the real wind direction. That is why weather vanes usually appear on the roofs of houses or on the terraces of buildings .
Although the origin of the weather vane is not known exactly, it is known that this instrument has been more than two millennia between the creations of the human being; a clear example is found in the Agora Roman of Athens, built between 19 and 11 a. C., where a rooster-shaped weather vane was placed.
By extension to this meaning, the term weather vane is also used to name a subject that usually change your mind, behavior or attitude frequently . As you can see, this meaning works by analogy to the constant movement of a weather vane, which changes its position before any wind.
Suppose a politician introduced himself, in 1998 , as a candidate for president of the Liberal Party . Four years later, the same leader is running as a candidate for Conservative Party . In 2006 , the same politician announces his incorporation to the Progressive Democratic Party . For all these changes in less than a decade, many analysts rate the man in question as vane .
In Spain we find the Veleta Peak , the fourth highest in the country and the second of its Mountain range , surpassed only by Teide, in Tenerife, Mulhacén, in Sierra Nevada, and Aneto, in the Pyrenees. The Pico del Veleta rises to 3395.68 meters above sea level and is located in Granada, one of the most important Andalusian provinces internationally, partly because it was the cradle of one of the most significant poets in history , Federico García Lorca, as well as the land in which they took his life in such a tragic and unfair way.
Despite what it may seem, the name of this peak does not refer to the instrument mentioned above to calculate the wind direction, but it comes from the Arabic term balata, which can be defined as "balate, cut, cut", and refers to the marked cuts, some with slopes of up to 500 meters, which can be seen in three of its faces. In addition, it is important to understand that this word is masculine, unlike the previous one (he Vane).
Among the most interesting features of Peak from Veleta we found an area of permafrost with fossil ice that seems to come from 13,000 years ago, when the last glaciation occurred. It should be mentioned that the permafrost areas are permanently frozen, although not always with ice or snow.
The Veleta Peak is an ideal place for lovers of skiing, extreme and cross-country skiing, hiking, climbing and mountaineering, thanks to the highest slopes of the entire Sierra Nevada mountain range, some areas of Snow and other rock. In addition, a marathon that ends at the beginning of the month of August is practiced every year Port of the weather vane.