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  • Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd.
  • Asanko Gold Inc.
  • B2Gold Corp.
  • Barrick Gold Corp.
  • Cayden Resources Inc.
  • Corvus Gold Inc.
  • Dalradian Resources Inc.
  • Denison Mines Corp.
  • First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
  • Fission Uranium Corp.
  • Focus Ventures Ltd.
  • Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.
  • Golden Queen Mining Co. Ltd.
  • Integra Gold Corp.
  • Kaminak Gold Corp.
  • Lake Shore Gold Corp.
  • Mariana Resources Ltd.
  • Midway Gold Corp.
  • Mirasol Resources Ltd.
  • Osisko Mining Corp.
  • Papillon Resources Inc.
  • Pilot Gold Inc.
  • Precipitate Gold Corp.
  • Premier Gold Mines Ltd.
  • Red Eagle Mining Corp.
  • Reservoir Minerals Inc.
  • Richmont Mines Inc.
  • Rio Alto Mining Ltd.
  • Roxgold Inc.
  • Rubicon Minerals Corp.
  • Sulliden Gold Corp.
  • Torex Gold Resources Inc.
  • True Gold Mining Inc.
  • Unigold Inc.
  • Uranerz Energy Corp.
  • Uranium Energy Corp.
  • Virginia Mines Inc.
  • Wellgreen Platinum Ltd.
  • Yamana Gold Inc.

Brent Cook

Exploration Insights

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Brent Cook brings more than 30 years of experience to his role as a geologist, consultant and investment adviser. His knowledge spans all areas of the mining business, from the conceptual stage through detailed technical and financial modeling related to mine development and production. Cook's weekly Exploration Insights newsletter focuses on early discovery, high-reward opportunities, primarily among junior mining and exploration companies.




Recent Interviews

Charting Uranium's Gain, Brent Cook Looks for Sweet Spots in the Athabasca Basin (1/13/15) As nuclear plant restarts take effect in Japan, both market sentiment and fundamentals are seeing positive boosts. Here to discuss the sea change is expert geologist and astute investor Brent Cook, author of Exploration Insights. In this interview with The Mining Report, Cook explains the forces behind uranium's recent price uptick, and describes what kinds of uranium mining projects are worth an investment in this market.

Brent Cook: Investing During the Era of Peak Gold Discoveries (1/5/15) We've hit peak economic gold discoveries, but unlike the new fracking technologies that saved the oil industry, there's no fracking technology to coax mineral wealth from ever-deeper deposits. In the face of this shortage, expert geologist Brent Cook of Exploration Insights is scouting out companies that are cashed up and poised to deliver value when other miners may be left scraping the bottom of the barrel. In this interview with The Gold Report, find out what Cook expects for gold exploration in 2015, and why the next few years are going to be very interesting indeed for yellow metal miners.

Resolve to Do Better in 2015: Expert Edition (12/31/14) As natural resource investors take stock of their 2014 portfolio shifts and make adjustments for 2015, The Gold Report quizzed top experts in the sector on what resolutions they are making andŚperhaps more importantŚwhat steps they are taking to make sure they stick to the hard choices they have made. We want to know if you are taking the same steps, have your own plan to make the most of whatever happens in the sector or just plain disagree. Please use the comment section to let us know what you will be investing in as we bravely face a new year.

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Recent Quotes

"PLG's shares are worth accumulating." (5/17/15) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"RIC's Q1/15 production totaled ~26 Koz, up 23% YOY." (4/26/15) Richmont Mines Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU's PLS assay results support our thesis that Triple R will grow." (3/29/15) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"The odds of PLG having success are better than average." (3/29/15) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"PLG's TV Tower drill results were encouraging." (3/15/15) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"PLG's 2014 drill results demonstrate that the geologic model works." (3/8/15) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"RIC is an exploration play with obvious upside in a safe jurisdiction." (3/8/15) Richmont Mines Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"PLG has a well-mineralized district capable of generating an economic deposit." (2/8/15) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

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"PLG's updated PEA on Halilaga shows considerably improved economics." (2/1/15) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"At year-end, construction at AKG's Asanko mine was 24% complete." (1/17/15) Asanko Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU has the best new discovery we've seen in the Athabasca Basin in quite a long time." (1/13/15) Fission Uranium Corp. - The Mining Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"URZ is a leveraged play on the uranium price." (1/13/15) Uranerz Energy Corp. - The Mining Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"PLG is very smart and doing good work." (1/5/15) Pilot Gold Inc. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"PG is very competent." (1/5/15) Premier Gold Mines Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"VGQ's acquisition by Osisko offers leverage to two of the best gold royalties." (1/4/15) Virginia Mines Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU's Patterson Lake South discovery is the most significant new deposit in many years." (1/4/15) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCV's Bayovar is a solid deposit that should attract a major partner." (1/4/15) Focus Ventures Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"PLG has a technically savvy team." (1/4/15) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"PG has been aggressive in exploring its projects and successful in raising cash." (12/7/14) Premier Gold Mines Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"VGQ's merger with Osisko is a good deal for both companies." (11/17/14) Virginia Mines Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCV continues to execute its plan of attracting JV metals partners while advancing its Bayovar project." (11/2/14) Focus Ventures Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"VGQ can collect up to 3.5% NSR from Goldcorp's ╔lÚonore, which just had its first pour." (10/5/14) Virginia Mines Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"It is certainly possible PRG is on to a new discovery at Ginger Ridge." (9/28/14) Precipitate Gold Corp. - Exploration Insights Moreá>

"UGD has outlined 2 Moz grading 1.59 g/t gold in Los Candelones." (9/28/14) Unigold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"PLG's ability to drill into Carlin-style mineralization is an impressive, positive sign." (9/14/14) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"VGQ's ╔lÚonore project could ultimately be considerably larger than the current 8 Moz resource." (9/14/14) Virginia Mines Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"I expect that FCV's resource at Bayovar 12 could easily double with more drilling." (9/14/14) Focus Ventures Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"PLG continues to discover new gold/copper mineralization in Turkey." (8/31/14) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"AKG has begun construction on phase 1 of its Asanko gold project in Ghana." (8/24/14) Asanko Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"I am encouraged by PLG's relatively high grades at the Valley target." (7/28/14) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"PLG has $34M cash, plus some very prospective properties in Turkey." (7/10/14) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU has the best uranium discovery in a long, long time." (6/24/14) Fission Uranium Corp. - The Mining Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"PLG's drilling on Kinsley Mountain is turning up some very positive numbers that point to the potential of another major gold deposit." (6/24/14) Pilot Gold Inc. - The Mining Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"Assays from FCV's Bayovar 12 confirmed the extensive and consistent nature of the phosphate beds." (6/22/14) Focus Ventures Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU's PLS is shaping up to be a world-class, near-surface deposit." (6/22/14) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"PLG continues to release very good drill results from new targets." (6/15/14) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"Detailed project engineering points to at least $9M in cost savings at TGM's Karma." (6/1/14) True Gold Mining Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU's Patterson Lake South deposit continues to impress." (6/1/14) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"PLG's technical team is proven, competent, experienced and very knowledgeable." (5/18/14) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"VGQ is top quality, with one of the best gold royalties in the sector." (4/27/14) Virginia Mines Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"TGM's Karma is a simple, low-cost deposit that is shovel ready and growing." (4/27/14) True Gold Mining Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"Robust resources, low capex and a safe jurisdiction make ROG's Yaramoko attractive to mid-tier suitors." (4/27/14) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"Impressive grades and thickness at PLG's West Flank may suggest a 1+ Moz gold deposit." (4/27/14) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU has drilled its thickest high-grade interval yet at Patterson Lake South." (4/27/14) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"VGQ is quality for sure." (4/6/14) Virginia Mines Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"PLG's Kinsley Mountain, and in particular the West Flank area, could host an economic Carlin-style gold system." (3/20/14) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"I expect additional resources will be added to TGM's North Kao." (3/16/14) True Gold Mining Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"PLG's TV Tower offers excellent potential for the discovery of supergene copper and porphyry copper/gold deposits." (3/9/14) Pilot Gold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"Many of FCU's defined zones at PLS may merge into a significant trend." (3/9/14) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ROG's Yaramoko is one of a very few high-margin, low-capex, undeveloped projects on the market." (2/23/14) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"VGQ has made a very intelligent deal that puts ~$7M into the ground at Coulon annually." (2/9/14) Virginia Mines Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"TGM is a stock that makes money and that institutional investors want to own." (2/5/14) True Gold Mining Inc. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"FCU is onto a major discovery." (2/5/14) Fission Uranium Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"WCB can earn 70% of the Misima Island copper-gold project for just $9M over four years." (2/2/14) WCB Resources Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"Remarkable discoveries like FCU's PLS are few and far between." (2/2/14) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"TGM continues to advance its Karma gold project in Burkina Faso." (1/19/14) True Gold Mining Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"I expect ROG's resources to increase with detailed drilling." (1/12/14) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"TGM's recent feasibility study confirms that the Karma gold deposit is indeed very robust." (12/21/13) True Gold Mining Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ROG's Yaramoko should prove to be a low-cost, simple and profitable operation." (12/15/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU received final approval for the plan of arrangement whereby shareholders will get one share of Fission 3.0 for each share of FCU." (12/15/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"Fission's new spinout will start its life with a strong management team and $3M cash." (12/1/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU's hit rate has been exceptional." (11/17/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"EFR is projected to become profitable in 2014." (11/17/13) Energy Fuels Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"TGM's Karma deposits offer a low-cost, profitable mining operation." (11/10/13) True Gold Mining Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"Drilling within ROG's 55 Zone confirmed the high-grade nature of the deposit." (11/3/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU has hit the longest mineralized interval in the history of PLS." (10/13/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU and Alpha have already completed 38 holes at PLS with 8 more planned." (10/6/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"TGM's Karma deposit is one of the most advanced, simple, low-cost gold mining projects on the market." (9/29/13) True Gold Mining Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"The PEA for ROG's 55 Zone shows a very robust and economic project." (9/22/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU intersected 103m of variable uranium mineralization; within this interval was about 7.6m of off-scale radioactive readings." (9/22/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ATY can make money on El Roble and use it as a jumping-off point to acquire other deposits." (9/18/13) Atico Mining Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"When I was nervous of the gold price, I diversified into other metals but only best-in-class deposits like FCU's world-class PLS deposit." (9/18/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"LYD has a large, near surface, oxidized, high-sulphidation gold deposit, which means it's a cheap mine to run." (9/18/13) Lydian International Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"If you're positive on the gold price, VGQ is the safest bet possible." (9/18/13) Virginia Mines Inc. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"AMM has a solid deposit and sufficient cash to continue moving Ixtaca forward." (9/15/13) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU's PLS shows the potential to grow into a world-class and economically viable deposit." (9/8/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ROG's 55 Zone gold deposit should qualify as a nice, low-cost acquisition target." (9/1/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"All drill results from FCU's Athabasca properties have been positive." (8/25/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU's PLS is a very fertile uranium system with the potential to host a number of economic deposits." (8/18/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"AMM is well positioned to continue testing the Ixtaca gold/silver discovery in Mexico." (7/21/13) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"High-grade mineralization at FCU's Patterson Lake South remains open." (7/21/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ROG's bought-deal financing brought in gross proceeds of $10.25M." (7/21/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ROG's Yaramoko should require low capex and show high profit margins." (7/7/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FCU continues to intersect high-grade uranium mineralization at the PLS property; it is one of the best exploration plays." (5/25/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"I expect LYD to have its final mine permit in hand by late summer." (5/25/13) Lydian International Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"AMM's Ixtaca is a major hydrothermal and mineral system that is capable of producing a significant discovery." (5/25/13) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

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