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Over time I am worn and worn away like anything else

A close cousin of mine treks through desert though I prefer the forest

Double the third and remove the first and I become a little bit explosive

Remove the last and you may see yourself in me someday

What am I?

This has gone through the sandbox.

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Are you

camo (as in, camouflage)?

Over time I am worn and worn away like anything else

Camo is certainly worn, as clothing; not sure about being worn away.

A close cousin of mine treks through desert though I prefer the forest

Camel (close in spelling/pronunciation), a desert dweller. Camo is commonly seen with the dark green/forest color scheme, though 'desert' and 'urban' camo schemes are also used.

Double the third and remove the first and I become a little bit explosive

CAMO -> AMMO.

Remove the last and you may see yourself in me someday

CAMO -> CAM. I can see myself when i look at recordings from my webcam.

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  • $\begingroup$ +1 I was thinking of just that, you beat me to interpreting the clues. $\endgroup$ – k-l Aug 29 '16 at 16:41
  • $\begingroup$ Worn away = worn away from home? $\endgroup$ – Mithical Aug 29 '16 at 16:43
  • $\begingroup$ When I read "Worn away" I think more in terms of eroding. $\endgroup$ – dcfyj Aug 29 '16 at 16:58
  • $\begingroup$ Great answer! Love this site and you guys as well. $\endgroup$ – Max Li Aug 29 '16 at 18:14
  • $\begingroup$ Worn away – maybe because the US military is phasing out blue camouflage in their uniforms? Just a thought. $\endgroup$ – Munesawagi Aug 29 '16 at 18:17
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carbon dioxide

The first clue:

CO2 sequestration into its unattached constituents occurs slowly over time

Second:

Methane is produced by camels; forests use CO2 for photosynthesis

Third:

Remove carbon and double the second oxygen, and you get O3 -- ozone -- a potent oxidative accelerant

Fourth:

Carbon monoxide -- CO -- is deadly, and is used as a meat preservative because of the very trait that renders it lethal -- it strongly attaches to hemoglobin, making it unable to accept or release oxygen ...

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  • $\begingroup$ How is CO2 a close cousin of camels? $\endgroup$ – Max Li Aug 29 '16 at 22:52

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