Hi Thomas,
I drew an arc of a circle and labeled some points and distances.
In my diagram r is the radius of the Earth, the distance from D to A is 2x, B is the midpoint of the line section DA and h is the unknown height. I haven't included units, you can use whatever units you wish as long as you use the same units for each of the distances.
The triangle ABC is a right triangle and hence, by Pythagoras' Theorem
r^{2} = x^{2} + (rh)^{2}
which simplifies to
h^{2}  2rh + x^{2} = 0
Solve for h.
Penny
