Fossil Bluff serves as a forward logistics and short term accommodation hut in support of the UK scientific investigation of Antarctica, mainly as a transit station for field work. It has been occupied during the southern winters of 1961, 1962 and 1969-1975. Since then it has been used during summers only and in addition, as a refueling stop for aircraft and the occasional helicopter on its 1200m (unprepared snow) skiway. It is about 90 minues flying time from the UK Rothera Research Station
. It is at the base of a ridge, near the Planet Heights, and overlooking George VI Sound which separates the rest of mountainous Alexander Island from Palmer Land. To the immediate east, the George VI Ice Shelf provides a relatively convenient low level route in from the coast.