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The basement of the East European Platform corresponding to northeastern Sarmatia is known as the Voronezh Crystalline Massif (VCM). The Kursk microcontinent, which lies in northeastern Sarmatia, occupies the bulk of the Voronezh Crystalline Massif. The predominant portion of the Kursk microcontinent is a combination of sedimentary–volcanic complexes making up greenstone belts and granite-gneiss (granite-migmatite) associations of the granite-greenstone domain bearing the same name. The smaller Kursk–Besedino granulite-gneiss terrane is situated in the central part of the microcontinent. The following sequence of events may be proposed as a preliminary model of crustal evolution: (1) Paleo- to Mesoarchean: formation of granite-greenstone...

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