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I bring death to dry land, yet life would cease without me.

I burn your eyes and your tongue, yet your body needs me.

What am I?

(It isn't heat.)

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I think you are:

Salt

I bring death to dry land, yet life would cease without me.

Salting the earth makes land unsuitable for growing things, effectively bringing death to dry land.
But salt is needed for life.

I burn your eyes and your tongue, yet your body needs me.

Getting salt in your eyes or tongue makes a burning sensation.
But everyone needs salt for fluid balance and muscle and nerve function.

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I think the answer is:

Water

I bring death to dry land.

Obviously rain will mean there is no dry land.

Life would cease without me

Very true. Life is not possible without water.

I burn your eyes and tongue.

Salt water burns our eyes and mouth due to different ion concentration.

Yet the body needs it

Our body definitely needs water to sustain itself

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