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Brent Cook

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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

So Bad It's Good: Surviving 2014 (11/25/14) As we approach Thanksgiving in the States, Streetwise Reports reached out to some of our most popular experts for perspective on the natural resource market during this volatile time. While some thought 2014 was so bad it was goodŚfor contrarian investorsŚothers will be all too happy to see the year in the rearview mirror.

From Beaver Creek to Denver: A Journey Between Different Worlds (10/1/14) September's Precious Metals Summit at Beaver Creek, followed hard by the Denver Gold Forum, brought a huge chunk of the gold mining and investing community to Colorado. The Gold Report Publisher Jason Mallin heard firsthand about companies that were adding value, and how investors planned to shift focus for the remainder of 2014. In this Gold Report roundup, we asked other experts in attendance for their takeaways from the proverbial mountaintop.

Brent Cook's Tips for Finding Juniors that Can Survive the Dust Bowl (6/24/14) As romantic as the idea of the gold explorer who strikes it rich in lightning fashion is, the far more common tale is one of hard work and persistence. For investors, that means doing due diligence to search out the likely success stories. In this interview with The Mining Report, Brent Cook of Exploration Insights shares the telltale signs of success he looks for in the junior gold, phosphate and uranium sectors and discusses the synergies that stand to benefit some recent mergers.

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Recent Quotes

"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>

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"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>

"CXO might be onto a high-grade porphyry copper deposit." (5/20/13) Colorado Resources Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"AMM is the kind of company an investor wants to be involved with." (5/20/13) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"ATY had some very good drill results and its VMS project is certainly economic." (5/20/13) Atico Mining Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"I like LYD because of its simple, low-capex project." (5/20/13) Lydian International Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"ROG's Burkina Faso deposit will be easy to mine, inexpensive to build and very profitable." (5/20/13) Roxgold Inc. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"I think more high-grade mineralization is yet to be intersected at AMM's Ixtaca project." (5/14/13) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - The Metals Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"ATY has a gold-rich VMS deposit; gold will be ~40% of total revenue." (5/14/13) Atico Mining Corp. - The Metals Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"FCU is on to the most exciting uranium discovery to come around in quite a while." (5/14/13) Fission Uranium Corp. - The Metals Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"Lead, zinc and gold factor heavily into the economics for MAG's Juanicipio silver project." (5/14/13) MAG Silver Corp. - The Metals Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"VGQ's Wabamisk drilling returned some high-grade intersections." (5/11/13) Virginia Mines Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ROG's assays confirm the high-grade nature of the Yaramoko deposit." (5/11/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"AMM's higher-grade intersection at its El Cobre project is encouraging." (5/11/13) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ROG's Yaramoko project hosts one of the highest-grade resources belonging to any junior company." (5/5/13) Roxgold Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FIS continues to release encouraging drill results from the PLS uranium discovery." (4/28/13) Fission Energy Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"The results of PVG's mining sample should be out in the fall." (4/14/13) Pretium Resources Inc. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"LYD offers a high-margin, relatively low capex, simple oxide project in Armenia." (4/14/13) Lydian International Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FIS' results suggest the PLS property will host a number of economic pods of shallow uranium mineralization." (4/7/13) Fission Energy Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"FIS' positive exploration results continue to validate our investment thesis." (3/11/13) Fission Energy Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"LYD's Amulsar is one of my top pick projects in the gold sector." (3/10/13) Lydian International Ltd. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ATY had some very impressive drill results from its El Roble mine." (2/18/13) Atico Mining Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ADV's Kami is one of the best undeveloped iron ore districts I know." (2/6/13) Alderon Iron Ore Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"ADV's Rose deposit remains one of the best iron ore projects." (1/9/13) Alderon Iron Ore Corp. - Brent Cook, Exploration Insights Moreá>

"RPM is making a bet that the mining law of 1872 holds up. I think it will." (1/4/13) Rye Patch Gold Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"MAG's Juanicipio project is probably the best undeveloped silver deposit in the world." (1/4/13) MAG Silver Corp. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"LYD's feasibility study shows a $1B valuation for a market cap of $250M." (1/4/13) Lydian International Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"CTG has a good, easy-to-mine silver deposit in a Slovakian mining town." (1/4/13) Global Minerals Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

"I went down to AMM's Ixtaca project two years ago and bought the company then." (1/4/13) Almaden Minerals Ltd. - The Gold Report Interview with Brent Cook Moreá>

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