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Hard rock, great meal
Flowing, pierces the mountains
Empty, a heat trap

Important to you
With me, you die in minutes
Without me, just days.

What am I?

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You are

water.


Hard rock, great meal
Flowing, pierces the mountains
Empty, a heat trap

Flowing water in rivers can erode rocks and mountains. Water can absorb a lot of heat.

Important to you
With me, you die in minutes
Without me, just days.

Water is necessary for life. Drowning takes minutes, while death by dehydration takes several days.

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  • $\begingroup$ You did it! YAY!! (But the explanation for the first stanza is incomplete.) $\endgroup$ – You Apr 12 '16 at 22:24
  • $\begingroup$ Empty is used in contrast to Flowing, so I'd say it refers to a desert, which are usually (at least as most people think of them) pretty toasty. $\endgroup$ – feelinferrety Apr 12 '16 at 22:35
  • $\begingroup$ @feelinferrety Not what I intended as the reason, but that fits too. The first stanza has a theme... $\endgroup$ – You Apr 12 '16 at 22:39
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    $\begingroup$ The theme might be states of matter and "empty" would be humid which can also make you feel hot. $\endgroup$ – stackErr Apr 13 '16 at 3:52
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    $\begingroup$ Ice is like hard rock or a meal if you talk about icecream. Liquid water pierces the mountains and steam is obviously hot. $\endgroup$ – Shkeil Apr 13 '16 at 10:35

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