F.C. Brassington writes: Shepley is to be congratulated on his detailed description of the Meerbrook Sough and analysis of the groundwater discharge from this abandoned mine drainage system (Shepley 2007). He has made a useful addition to the small but growing body of work on the hydrogeology of both the Derbyshire Carboniferous Limestone aquifer and the associated thermal groundwaters. I am particularly interested in his conclusion that the groundwater discharging through the Meerbrook Sough is predominantly from diffuse flow through the primary fracture network, particularly as this conclusion supports important aspects of my proposed conceptual model for the...

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