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An iron needle when placed horizontally on water, floats (sits) on the surface of the water. The phenomenon is usually justified as "surface tension".
From what I understand, for the needle to float without sinking, some force has to balance its weight. Since no part of the needle is under the water, buoyant force can be ruled out. I learnt that force due to surface tension always acts tangentially to a surface. So, this force should not have any vertical component. However, according to the first answer to this question How does surface tension enable insects to walk on water? "attractive forces of the water molecules result in a net upward force on the legs of the insect". The water surface near the needle is deformed due to the adhesive force between the needle and the water surface. Isn't the adhesive force an upward force on the water (or a force with some vertically upward component) due to the needle? It would imply that there is a downward force on the needle itself which will add to the weight.
I think the part where I describe the forces between the needle and the water is wrong. Can you tell me what is wrong?