I am trying to locate a GIS freely downloadable shapefile (preferably polygon) of European main mountain chains (not an elevation data), eg Alps, Carpathian Mountains. I tried variuos sources , including Natural Earth, EEA, and many others, but couldn't find the right data.

Can anybody help?

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At least for Romanian Carpathians you can find the map of relief units (as polygons) on http://earth.unibuc.ro/download/harta-unitati-relief-romania.


There is a dataset available for all European mountain ranges on https://www.eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/data/european-mountain-areas

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