Nottved A., Johannessen E.P., Surlyk F. (2008) The Mesozoic of Western Scandinavia and East Greenland // Episodes, Vol. 31, No. 1. P.59-65
Thick Mesozoic sediments are found offshore Norway and Denmark, and Mesozoic rocks are present and well exposed in Denmark, along the coast of East Greenland and on the arctic islands of Svalbard. During the Mesozoic, Scandinavia and Greenland were subject to major extension in the Late Permian–Early Triassic and Late Jurassic–Early Cretaceous, prior to Cenozoic opening of the North Atlantic. Deep basins developed along the rift zones of the North Sea and between East Greenland and Norway, and were filled with sediments derived from mainland Scandinavia and Greenland. The marginal areas bordering the rift zones suffered less subsidence, as did the epicontinental Barents Sea.