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Magnetic anomaly detection (MAD) is a leading technique for the detection and localization of obscured magnetic targets via exploiting the field anomalies they create. This is especially true in marine environments when looking for unexploded ordnance (UXO), because the DC magnetic field is not highly influenced by numerous types of media (i.e. water) or weather conditions. MAD is also a passive technique, which allows it to go unnoticed by the target. Whereas current applications of MAD have been shown to be effective for localizing single targets at a time, the development of a method for multiple localization would the robustness of magnetic surveys in ocean environments. To accomplish the separation, an algorithm for independent component analysis (ICA) was tested using a magnetometer attached to an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV).