Emeritus Professor of Geochemistry
areas of expertise: origin and evolution of volcanoes, earth sciences
Frederick Frey has done geochemical research on the three general types of volcanoes on earth: mid-ocean ridges, whose submarine volcanoes form at diverging plate boundaries; arc volcanoes, such as the U.S. Cascades and Aleutian Islands, which form at converging plate boundaries; and hot-spot volcanoes, such as the Hawaiian and Galapagos Islands, whose location is not controlled by plate boundaries. Some volcanic islands are more complex. Iceland is a hot-spot volcano formed at the diverging boundary of the North American and European plates.
Frey frequently accompanies MIT Alumni Travel Groups that visit volcanic regions such as Hawaii, Galapagos, and Iceland. On these trips, he is both an MIT faculty representative and a volcano expert.
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