Surface Web

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The surface web (also called the visible web, indexable web, light net,[1] clear web, or clear net) is that portion of the World Wide Web that is readily available to the general public and searchable with standard web search engines. It is the opposite of the deep web.[2]

According to one source, as of as of June 14, 2015, Google's index of the surface web contains about 14.5 billion pages.[3]


  1. ^ "Redefining light and dark". 
  2. ^ Barratt, Monica (January 15, 2015). "A Discussion About Dark Net Terminology". Drugs, Internet, Society. Retrieved June 14, 2015. 
  3. ^ de Kunder, Maurice (June 14, 2015). "The Size of the World Wide Web". Retrieved June 14, 2015.