What is saltation?

  • (noun): An abrupt transition.
    Synonyms: leap, jump
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on saltation:

Saltation (biology) - History
... From 1860 to 1880 saltation had a minority interest but by 1890 had become a major interest to scientists ... discoveries in genetics, a mechanism of saltation was proposed as large mutations ... over accounts of the evolution of mimicry and if they could be explained by gradualism or saltation ...
Terrestrial Locomotion - Legged Locomotion - Gaits
... An alternative to a gait that alternates between legs is hopping or saltation, where all legs move together ... Among the mammals saltation is commonly used among macropods (kangaroos and their relatives), jerboas, springhares, kangaroo rats, hopping mice, gerbils, and sportive lemurs ... Saltation is also used by many small birds ...
Saltation (geology)
... In geology, saltation (from Latin, saltus, "leap") is a specific type of particle transport by fluids such as wind or water ... This is significant in meteorology because it is primarily the saltation of sand particles which dislodges smaller dust particles into the atmosphere ...
Aeolian Processes - Transport
... are transported by winds through suspension, saltation (skipping or bouncing) and creeping (rolling or sliding) along the ground ... Saltation is downwind movement of particles in a series of jumps or skips ... Saltation normally lifts sand-size particles no more than one centimeter above the ground, and proceeds at one-half to one-third the speed of the wind ...

More definitions of "saltation":

  • (noun): Taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music.
    Synonyms: dancing, dance, terpsichore
  • (noun): (geology) the leaping movement of sand or soil particles as they are transported in a fluid medium over an uneven surface.
  • (noun): A mutation that drastically changes the phenotype of an organism or species.