For ordinary purposes it is best to make the patristic period conterminous with the life 1 See Buxtorf, s.v.
On the Pamirs Russia has since 1885 been conterminous with British India (Kashmir); but the boundary then swings away N.
The mountain chains, which from their peculiar geologic character are known as of the "Basin Range type" (not exactly conterminous in distribution with the Basin), are echeloned in short ranges running from N.
Excepting the northern part of this tract, which is conterminous with the plain of Mesopotamia (which at its highest point reaches an elevation of about 700 ft.
Its eastern part is nearly conterminous with south Mongolia, its western forms Chinese or eastern Turkestan.