Find a Feature Challenge

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Source: U.S. Geological Survey. Adapted by permission.

Geoscience is for everyone! And everyone can accept the Find a Feature Challenge!

What is the shape of the land in your neighborhood? Is it flat or hilly? Do you see small or large rocks? Are they rough or smooth? What color is the soil, and where does the water flow?

The shapes and patterns that we see around us tell the story of the Earth and the many forces that are at work in shaping our world. The United States Geological Survey (USGS), whose mission is science, would like to share the excitement of unraveling this story with people of all ages, backgrounds, and locations through our Find a Feature Challenge!


  1. Visit or USGS_YES on Instagram to find the latest “Find a Feature” challenge. We will explain the science behind a particular feature of the landscape, such as red rock, waves, faults, arches, or invasive plants.
  2. Look around you! What do you see in your neighborhood or on vacation? The feature doesn’t have to be in nature. It can be in your house, in your classroom, or even on your dinner plate!
  3. Take a picture of what you see and share it with us by tagging @USGS_YES #FindaFeature, or email it to us for use in educational materials at

NGSS Connections

  • Science and Engineering Practices — Developing And Using Models
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas — Earth’s Systems
  • Crosscutting Concepts — Patterns