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My goal is to get a vector image (SVG preferably) of a local mountain. The data clearly exists, but as an armchair cartographer without access to raw layer data I've been reduced to combing the web for sources of just contours.

I usually find it mixed with relief shading and land ownership boundaries which make the image recognition (live tracing in Illustrator, for example) quite difficult.

Has anyone found a mapping site with a web interface that provides such a thing?

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You can download raw contours lines from the National Map Viewer. I like to download by bounding box (button highlighted in red).

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It is worth noting that in addition to having a layer of the contour lines, this site allows you to download a DEM. I would venture that there are more areas where a DEM is available, than there are areas where the actual contours have been generated. The DEM can then be used to generate contours at a chosen interval, using your preferred GIS package. –  Get Spatial Apr 1 at 21:36
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Awesome resource, thanks! –  Alex Mcp Apr 1 at 22:06
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