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Explorer Discovers Waterfall By Paddling Over It

Canoe after waterfall

When Adam Shoats set off on an expedition into the northern Canadian wilderness in 2012, he had no idea he'd be discovering seven unmapped waterfalls along the Again River. And he certainly didn't plan on flying over the edge of a 20-foot fall in his canoe.

"My first thought when I realized I was being swept over a waterfall was, 'Wow! What an amazing discovery!'" Shoalts said in an interview with CNN. "The second thought was, 'Yikes! This is going to be bad!'"

The 27-year-old explorer from Ontario spent five years organizing his solo expedition along the Again River, a tributary of the Harricanaw River in northern Quebec. The region is so remote, no one had ever mapped the Again River before, and no one knew of the existence of the seven waterfalls Shoalts discovered. The tallest of the falls was 40 feet, reported CNN.

Again River Map

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