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My mother is the sea and sky, my father's of the earth,
When those two come together, all but destined is my birth,

I grow so much larger than the substance I consume,
To one of the avengers, my existence could spell doom,

I could spread like pox across the surface of a giant,
The giant might then wish that his skin was a bit more pliant.

What am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ Is the science tag obligatory ? $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Jun 7 '16 at 8:12
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    $\begingroup$ @ABcDexter After quickly googling obligatory, I can confirm... that I still don't know exactly what you mean. The science tag fits though I believe. Even if the level of scientific knowledge required is quite low. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 7 '16 at 8:13
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Are you perhaps

Rust?

My mother is the sea and sky, my father's of the earth,

When those two come together, all but destined is my birth,

Rust comes from iron (earth) and the oxygen (sky)... can be fuelled by moisture (sea).

I grow so much larger than the substance I consume,

To one of the avengers, my existence could spell doom,

Rust 'consumes' iron, would definitely be harmful to iron man.

I could spread like pox across the surface of a giant,

The giant might then wish that his skin was a bit more pliant.

Rust occurs on even the biggest iron objects, such as a ship.

Science tag:

Rust is general knowledge, though it is written as a chemical equation and studied as such.

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  • $\begingroup$ I am! This is Correct! +1 $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 7 '16 at 8:35
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    $\begingroup$ Good answer, I was thinking of something similar but this sloppy android app, and yes some suits of Iron Man are water proof :P $\endgroup$ – ABcDexter Jun 7 '16 at 8:37
  • $\begingroup$ I was just playing with words. I don't imagine Stark would wear anything likely to rust. :) $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 7 '16 at 8:39
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    $\begingroup$ I know this is old, but wasn't the giant reference referring to The Iron Giant? I don't see anyone mentioning that. $\endgroup$ – bornfromanegg Apr 20 '18 at 15:17
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Could the answer be clouds aswell.

My mother is the sea and sky, my father's of the earth, When those two come together, all but destined is my birth,

earth, sea and sky are all involved in cloud formation or birth.

I grow so much larger than the substance I consume,

Clouds are less dense than water.

To one of the avengers, my existence could spell doom,

First test with iron man's suit

I could spread like pox across the surface of a giant,

clouds are seen of surface of planets (giants) and can look like disease.

The giant might then wish that his skin was a bit more pliant.

The planet may be better off with less clouds?

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mood

My mother is the sea and sky, my father's of the earth,

Your mood is influenced by both the weather and the events that happen on earth

When those two come together, all but destined is my birth,

You have a mood

I grow so much larger than the substance I consume,

Your mood can change radically from a small incident

To one of the avengers, my existence could spell doom,

Hulk change with his mood, doom can be used to spell mood

I could spread like pox across the surface of a giant,

Even giants are sensitive to mood changes

The giant might then wish that his skin was a bit more pliant.

He wish to have a toughter skin

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  • $\begingroup$ I'm not looking for "mood" but some good fits there. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 7 '16 at 7:57
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the answer to the above question is:

RUST.

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  • $\begingroup$ You should explain answers and use spoiler formatting. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Jun 7 '16 at 10:45

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