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Saltation:

A term used to describe the movement of a particle being transported by wind or water which is too heavy to remain in suspension. The particle is rolled forward by the current, generates lift and rises, loses the forward momentum supplying the lift and settles to the floor, where the process is repeated. The size of the particles which can be saltated depends upon the velocity of the current and its density, e.g., water will saltate larger particles than air at the same velocity.

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