Definition[edit | edit source]

The surface Web (also known as the clear Web, visible Web or indexable Web) is that portion of the World Wide Web that is indexable by conventional search engines.

Overview[edit | edit source]

The surface Web, which people use routinely, consists of data that [[search engine]s can find and then offer up in response to queries. This is only the tip of the iceberg — a traditional search engine sees about 0.03 percent of the information that is available. Much of the rest is submerged in what is called the deep Web.

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